Research has shown that the earlier a child is exposed to STEM activities, the more excited they are to learn about problem solving and critical thinking. Early exposure also increases the likelihood of that child envisioning themselves as a scientist, engineer, software developer, or similar. For this reason, our efforts include programs to expose elementary and middle school aged children to different STEM careers, and the greater job growth inherent with those careers. In doing so, our hope is that we can help them make a more informed decision when it comes time to choose their future academic and career path. In addition, while we want all children to have the opportunity to engage in STEM, we are aware that women are an under-represented minority in STEM fields, particularly engineering. As such, we are very supportive of programs that connect these younger children with our talented team of female engineers here at Hypertherm.

At Hypertherm we:

Through grant funding we support:

Through volunteering we support:

  • Offer a week long February camp for 8th graders
  • Connect students to Job shadows
  • Host class visits that include tours, hands-on activities and cutting demonstrations.
  • Host teacher workshops
  • STEM summer programs to include summer camps, ACE Academy, NH Academy of Science
  • After school programs to include Lego, Robotic and VEX league teams.
  • In-school programs to include the Montshire Museum Partnership Program, VINS STEM, and Project Lead the Way
  • Science Fairs
  • Junior Achievement
  • Coaching after school STEM teams

STEM panel presentations:

  • Young Women in Engineering
  • Girls Technology Day
  • Young Inventors Program

Highlights

A group of students entered a “what is so cool about manufacturing” video contest and chose Hypertherm as their manufacturing business to highlight. They came and toured with their iPads and took lots of video content and then back in the classroom made a video.

CSR manufaturing video