Education, Software, Technology

“We Love STEM Day”: 50 Students Explore STEM’s Role in Manufacturing

July 09, 2024

Elyria, Ohio – June 24, 2024 – RIDGID®, a part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, hosted “We Love STEM Day” in June for 50 local students in grades three through eight. The annual event, held at RIDGID global headquarters in Elyria, Ohio, gave young learners the chance to see the real-world role science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) plays in critical jobs, such as manufacturing. Throughout the day-long experience, students participated in group projects, interactive learning games and more.

“STEM learning encourages students to explore new ideas and solutions to real-world challenges, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive as students and future professionals,” said Rose Hitchens, event chair and chapter lead, RIDGID Women’s Impact Network for Emerson. “We loved experiencing the energy this year’s students brought to the day’s activities. Even the youngest participants had the chance to see how the concepts they’re learning in school can be applied to what we do every day at RIDGID.”

Students participated in a variety of hands-on activities, including making balloon cars, robotic hands, pinwheels, water filtration systems and solar-powered engines. Each activity allowed students to learn about the importance of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, renewable energy and natural resources in manufacturing.

RIDGID is a proud supporter of local programs and education-based initiatives throughout Lorain County, including the Elyria school makerspaces that reinforce STEM learning. The company also partners with current and future trade professionals and regularly invests and donates products. For years, its leaders have served on industry boards to help strengthen the trades.

Emerson’s professional tools business, which includes RIDGID as well as the Greenlee® and Klauke® brands, provides the industry’s broadest portfolio of advanced, reliable tools and technologies for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades globally. Visit for more information.

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