4th Graders Gear Up for STEM

Phoenix Contact hosts Foose Elementary School students to kick off third annual Think BIG program

Middletown, Pa. Phoenix Contact welcomed fourth-graders from Foose Elementary School in Harrisburg, Pa., to “Think BIG!” about the possibilities of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. On Thursday, October 17, students visited the company’s U.S. headquarters, where they played virtual reality games and built industrial control assemblies in preparation for a yearlong STEM curriculum taught by Phoenix Contact employees.

From November through May, Phoenix Contact volunteers will visit the school once a month to teach hands-on lessons related to solar and wind energy. Phoenix Contact developed the program in partnership with the Harrisburg School District to ensure that it meets school and state standards.

This is the third year that Phoenix Contact has partnered with the school for the Think BIG program. Thursday’s kickoff event introduced the students to Phoenix Contact and its engineering and manufacturing expertise. In addition to the hands-on activities, students took a window tour of the U.S. plant and previewed the science classes they will take during the school year.

For the first time this year, students from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology helped with the kickoff event and will also volunteer in the classroom during the school year. Central Pennsylvania companies interested in implementing Think BIG during the 2020/21 school year can e-mail US_ThinkBigVolunteerCommittee@phoenixcon.com to learn more about the program.

About Phoenix Contact
Phoenix Contact develops and manufactures industrial electrical and electronic technology products that power, protect, connect, and automate systems and equipment for a wide range of industries. Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg, Germany, operates 50 international subsidiaries, including Phoenix Contact USA in Middletown, Pa.

For more information about Phoenix Contact or its products, visit www.phoenixcontact.com, call technical service at 800-322-3225, or e-mail info@phoenixcon.com.

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