HGR Catapults Students Into Science
CLEVELAND, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Later this week, Cleveland students will travel to the showroom of HGR Industrial Surplus (www.hgrinc.com) to investigate industrial machinery as a part of a science project to build catapults. Teams of students from Robert Jameson Elementary will scour the showroom looking at how the machines were made and how the machines make things hoping to find clues to help them build a catapult. In addition, they will select parts and pieces of the machinery to be used in creating their catapults. This project incorporates important elements in their middle school science curriculum like simple machines and Newtonian physics.
The uMAKEit (www.umakeit.org) program is also working with several other local schools to pilot different student projects and different ways of getting students involved in manufacturing. At one Cleveland school, students are creating videos about tracing the origins of different everyday products. At another school, students are working to solve engineering problems that are part of the daily operations of HGR.
These activities are all a part of HGR’s launch of the uMAKEit program, which is aimed at getting students involved in and excited about manufacturing. Schools submit ideas about projects they’re interested in developing and uMAKEit provides them with resources and the real-world context to make it happen. One main focus of the program is to get other local businesses involved in partnerships like the ones being piloted, with the hope of providing even more resources for students to learn about manufacturing.
“At HGR, we are excited about the future of manufacturing. We also believe in helping to support that future by supporting kids learning,” said HGR CEO, Brian Krueger.
HGR, located in Euclid, has been in the industrial surplus business for 13 years. They have a long history of buying and selling industrial machinery both nationally and internationally. As the face of manufacturing changes, HGR has been at the forefront of providing quality surplus machinery at competitive pricing to both established businesses and entrepreneurs. As part of their continued success, HGR is interested in giving back to the community in meaningful ways.
(uMAKEit logo: http://umakeit.org/images/umi_c.jpg)