Ford program encourages STEM careers

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The Ford Motor Co. will host its 30th season of the Ford High School Science and Technology Program.

“This year, in its 30th anniversary, we celebrate the continued success of the Ford High School Science and Technology Program in building students’ interest in
engineering, science, mathematics and related careers,” Imad Makki, HSSTP director, Technical Expert, Powertrain Controls & Diagnostics said in a press release.

The program has had more than 10,000 participants over 30 years. Its original goal when HSSTP was founded in 1984 was to teach students about technical careers and emphasize the importance of science and mathematics in the automotive industry.

The program begins this month and runs through March, where students spend six Saturday mornings at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center. They learn and spend time with scientists, engineers and technicians who volunteer their time to the program.

During five sessions, students learn how to take the science and math skills they learn in the classroom and apply them in the industry. Different experiments, operations, practices and technologies are taught to the students, as they are used in the Ford company and the RIC.

“The Ford High School Science and Technology Program is a valuable community resource that provides important exposure to aspects of science and engineering not traditionally encountered in high school,” Makki said in the release.

The sixth session is devoted to an open house Career Day. Attendees walk through the lab and view displays. Engineers and scientists are also available to discuss the many careers in the engineering and science fields.

At the end, students who attend five of the six sessions are able to apply for a summer internship with the automotive company.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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