ELYRIA, Ohio — Ridge Tool Co., a business of Emerson and maker of Ridgid tools and solutions, hosted its first annual “We Love STEM Day” for students in grades three through eight.

STEM — which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — is a multidisciplinary approach to enhancing academic and workforce competitiveness.

The event — held on June 21, 2019, at the company’s Elyria headquarters — was designed to support the company’s mission to build better communities, as well as to foster learning throughout schools and cultural institutions. Students who participated in hands-on STEM activities learned about the role STEM plays in manufacturing.

“We’re excited to welcome the next generation of leaders and share the connection between STEM, manufacturing, and the products we make at Ridgid,” said Craig Sumner, president of Ridgid at Emerson. “From concept to final production, STEM is a part of everything we do. We hope to inspire students and show them what they’re learning in school can be applied to their future.”

Ridgid had a variety of hands-on activities planned for the day, including designing and constructing a table tennis racket out of everyday materials, constructing and testing the aerodynamics of rubber band helicopters, and creating “dancing” sculptures.

Publication date: 6/25/2019

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