The shine of a sealed aluminum can flashed by the watchful eyes of more than 70 high school students on June 8, as it fell on to an inclined plane, failing to leak or explode and therefore passing a standard Drop Test. The test was just one of several demonstrations presented by Novelis employees that day to the students, who were attendees of the Exploring Engineering Academy (EEA) and on a tour of Novelis’ Global Research & Technology Center (NGRTC). Hosted by the Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America with Novelis as the presenting sponsor, the weeklong program gives students the opportunity to travel to various STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) facilities around Atlanta to learn more about STEM careers.
During the NGRTC tour, students saw the can pilot line, spoke with scientists about how Novelis tests aluminum surfaces, learned about metallurgy, observed lab demonstrations and more.
“The tour exposed students to what it takes to create top quality material and gave them insight into how much thought and engineering goes into what they might consider everyday, seemingly mundane objects, like cans,” said Kathleen Bennett, a metallurgist who gave tours to the students.
During the presentations, Tom Boney, Vice President and General Manager of Automotive, North America, spoke to students on the expanding market of aluminum in cars, and Jessica Sanderson, Director of Sustainability, spoke about Novelis’ global responsibility to the environment, discussing our commitment to recycling and sustainability. Additionally, engineers within the company’s Engineering Development Program shared their backgrounds with the students, detailing what inspired them to become engineers and how their passion for STEM careers has been realized at Novelis.
“Given Novelis’ need for scientists and engineers both now and in the future, the EEA gives us a powerful and personal opportunity to engage young people as they explore opportunities within the field of engineering,” said Randy Miller, Vice President and Treasurer, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America. Once a boy scout himself, Randy helped plan the educational day at Kennesaw and observed the tour and presentations about STEM careers.
Randy noted that the NGRTC team’s ability to truly spark the students’ interest in aluminum manufacturing was special, mentioning the students’ overall engagement during their visit, thoughtful questions following the presentations and palpable desires to learn from the demonstrations.
In addition to Novelis, students visited Atlanta-area transportation companies, utility providers, sports stadiums and more.