Supports STEM Education Programs Across the Community
November 8 is National STEM Day, the unofficial holiday that celebrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education throughout the United States. MRIGlobal supports several STEM-related activities that benefit students from the communities in which we work, play, and live. As we approach our 80th anniversary in 2024, we look forward to continuing our stewardship of these and other STEM education programs to ensure students are aware of career opportunities and have a bright future in the field.
Support for the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair
In 1951, our second President & CEO, Dr. Charles N. Kimball, helped establish the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair with the goal of developing and retaining scientific knowledge and expertise in the Midwest. Today, supporting and inspiring students from elementary, middle, and high schools from across the 15-county region, the awards ceremony for the event bears his name. At MRIGlobal, we are proud to continue supporting his vision and were honored to serve as Platinum Presenting Sponsor in 2023 for the fair’s 72nd consecutive year. This year, more than 25 of our scientists, engineers, and support staff served as event mentors, volunteers, and judges.
Paseo’s FIRST Robotics Team
Here at MRIGlobal, we are honored to have sponsored the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts FIRST Robotics Team (FRT) since 2005. FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a youth organization promoting STEM worldwide and operates robotics competitions, including FRC at the high school level. MRIGlobal provides funding to the Paseo team—called Team 1763 Paseliens—for team event registrations and equipment for the construction of their competition robot every season. MRIGlobal staff also mentor the team throughout the season, providing technical expertise for the design and build of the team’s robots through regional competitions in the spring. Additionally, MRIGlobal works with KC STEM Alliance to provide additional funding and a designated build space at KC Engineering Zone to several teams in the Kansas City area.
How Do I Become a Scientist?
We were proud to recently partner with Kansas City’s Linda Hall Library for Science, Engineering, and Technology to help host their “How Do I Become a Scientist?” session at the library. More than 50 aspiring scientists joined to meet members of the local STEM ecosystem, learn about different career paths, and hear from a panel of STEM professions.
Earlier this year, we were proud to host a cohort from the #NIIMBLeXperience @BioKansas at our Kansas City headquarters, offering insight into our work and future career opportunities they may be interested in pursuing. This community-based program is a partnership between the The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals eXperience, which over the past four years has engaged Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, and BioKansas’ well-established, industry-immersive programs and events.
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