Toolmaker R&D/Leverage was in the spotlight on Oct. 8 as a group of engineering students from a local high school toured the firm's facility in Lee's Summit, Mo.
The group of 45 students was from Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kan. They're part of the school's Engineering Academy, an engineering-based curriculum that's been in place for 15 years. The school currently has 95 students in the program.
Engineering Academy students have been touring the R&D/Leverage site for 10 years. This year's event was part of National Manufacturing Day.
In an email to Plastics News, R&D/Leverage Global Marketing Director Robert Schiavone said that "what is very important — now more than ever — is to provide the education that high schools are not providing, which is information on the trades. And now more than ever we need that specifically for the plastics industry."
"What better way to help enlighten kids with the opportunity to understand the value of plastics and better yet, learn more about our industry and what we offer," he added.
The Olathe Northwest program combines science with engineering and CAD skills, according to Bruce Wellman, a teacher with the program.