To celebrate a century of innovative engineering services, local firm Garver is teaming with schools from across the country to advance the type of critical and creative thinking first displayed when founder Neal Garver opened his one-person firm in 1919.
Through corporate-giving arm GarverGives, 100 schools across Garver’s 11-state footprint will receive Chain Reaction STEM Kits and monetary donations from the firm. Will Rogers Junior High School was selected for a donation and invited to participate in the Garver Chain Reaction Challenge, where students create Rube Goldberg-style chain reaction contraptions. Through this interactive activity, students will gain a better understanding of STEM concepts, the engineering design process, critical thinking skills, and the importance of perseverance – all while having fun along the way.
“By teaming with these schools, we’re celebrating a century of doing business by giving back to the communities that have helped us reach this point,” said Garver Chief Executive Officer Dan Williams. “Our hope is that providing hands-on STEM education opportunities like these will help develop the core concepts necessary to cultivate the next generation of engineers.”
Responding to a nationwide shortage of professional engineers, the firm hopes to inspire young learners to pursue future careers in engineering.
The kits come complete with items such as KEVAⓇ planks and BrackitzⓇ connectors to build 3-D structures, a DC motor, balls, ramps, and a slew of whimsical everyday items to create contraptions limited only by their imaginations.
“When we think of STEM, we often envision high-tech applications. But with the Chain Reaction Challenge, we’re intentionally asking students to use very low-tech items to engineer simple machines that work together,” Williams added. “The exercise teaches physics principles like kinetic energy, gravity and force, while also promoting creativity and problem-solving skills.”
Schools will also have an opportunity to win an additional $1,000 by sharing a video of their contraption for the Garver Chain Reaction Challenge, judged by Garver engineers. Will Rogers Junior High is one of 16 Oklahoma schools selected for donations.
Through a variety of major engineering and environmental projects across the state, Garver provides regional mobility and clean water for Oklahomans. The company has offices in Tulsa, Norman and Oklahoma City.
Founded in 1919, Garver is an employee-owned multi-disciplined engineering, planning, architectural, and environmental services firm. With nearly 600 employees spread between 28 offices in 11 states, Garver offers a wide range of services with a focus on aviation, construction, facilities design, federal, power, transportation, survey, and water. Garver sits in the top 150 of the Engineering News-Record's prestigious Top 500 Design Firms list, while Zweig Group has recognized Garver as a best firm to work for in the multi-discipline category for five consecutive years. Garver is celebrating its 100th year with a series of client appreciation events and by supporting STEM education at 100 schools by donating funds and supplies. Learn more at GarverUSA.com.