05/29/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/30/2020 10:10
Many families have spent much more time at home with each other over the last few months, and the Garrett China team is helping to provide some STEM-related activities and education to keep the kids engaged and learning through a Children's Day challenge in the country.
Continuing the company's focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education within communities, parents in China were invited to submit videos or photos on WeChat, the country's social media platform, of their children participating in a STEM-themed project, experiment or module. The Garrett WeChat audience get to vote on their favorite submissions starting today, June 1, until Sunday, June 7. The contest is divided into two age groups, 0-5 years and 6-10 years.
Garrett's Anderson Geng supported his 6-year-old daughter Geng Yatong as she worked hard to complete smaller projects to understand how some things work like magnetism, gears, levers and scales.
'Children need hands-on practice to let them realize the significance of science,' said Geng. 'She likes to make these assembled toys very much. It is very surprising that one of the projects was entirely completed by herself after many attempts! Of course, there were also anxiety and tempers after many failures. However, after our encouragement, she got back at it, which is also a kind of cultivation of patience for both children and parents. It doesn't matter much at this stage if she fully understands the profound theories such as the principle of leverage, power transmission and so on, but what makes me feel happy and proud is that she really focused on these small projects and enjoyed them.'
The contest is part of Garrett's WeCare4 sustainability and community outreach initiative, which was the driving force behind the company's global STEM Month in February.
'The truth is that nearly all elements of our modern world - our possessions, jobs, high quality of life, and so much more - would not be available to us if it wasn't for passionate people in STEM fields,' said Garrett Chief Technology Officer Craig Balis said during the STEM Month activities. 'That passion is something Garrett can further strengthen in young people throughout the communities in which we serve - they are, after all, our future inventors, innovators and leaders.'
Below are some snapshots from several entries into the WeChat STEM contest. The winner will be selected later in June and will be announced on WeChat and GarrettMotion.com.
Readers based in China can visit Garrett's WeChat by scanning this QR code.