New Children’s Exhibit Focuses on STEAM Career Paths
January 5, 2017 – Honda has collaborated with COSI, a children’s science museum in Columbus, to offer a new STEAM-focused exhibit called Meet the Innovators. The concept for the exhibit was developed as part of an exploratory partnership between COSI, Honda and PAST Foundation in an effort to help build career awareness and prepare students for science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) jobs in tomorrow’s Central Ohio workforce.
Meet the Innovators uses hands-on activities and video interviews to showcase the exciting research and development work taking place at Honda’s Central Ohio operations. The exhibit provides a backdrop for visitors to explore exciting careers in STEAM.
“This exhibition demonstrates the power of collaboration,” said David E. Chesebrough, Ed.D, President and CEO of COSI. “Teams from COSI, Honda and PAST Foundation worked together to create a fun, engaging, educational experience for our guests featuring elements designed to inspire young people to go into STEAM careers.”
The effort put into this exhibit is another example of Honda’s commitment to encourage and energize the future workforce of tomorrow.
“Honda wants to educate the next generation workforce through strategic partnerships with organizations like COSI, and STEAM-focused initiatives like this new “Meet the Innovators” exhibit,” said Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
“Our Honda associates invested a great deal of time, effort and passion to create this exhibit and are excited to share their experiences with students interested in STEAM-related careers. We also hope this exhibit will inspire other companies to participate in this important initiative by creating their own STEAM-related exhibits.”
The exhibition explores how STEAM-based skills can help prepare students to create the as-yet unimagined transportation technologies. Guests are given the opportunity to:
- Climb onto a real All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) for a simulated trail ride;
- Jump on a spring and a shock to discover how suspensions help smooth a vehicle’s ride;
- Look inside a cut-away car and crash dummy to explore how technology helps protect passengers in a crash;
- Experience a virtual crash test from the driver’s seat of a car;
- Compare the air resistance of different vehicles using an interactive wind tunnel;
- Learn how a combustion engine converts fuel into motion by examining its complex inner workings; and
- Dive into the vehicle design process by drawing their own stylish vehicle.