Auto companies drive instruction for UCS students
Detroit's big three automakers recently drove home important lessons about design and engineering for Utica Community Schools students.
Chrysler, Ford and General Motors representatives brought more than 30 concept and new cars to the Utica Center for Science and Industry.
The goal of the auto show, according to retired UCS teacher Harry Istok, was to allow engineers and designers to talk directly to students about their jobs.
"This is a great event where kids can get information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related careers," he said.
Students from all UCS junior and senior high schools were able to attend the event, which was held at the district's Instructional Resource Center.
Outside the building, engineers and designers went over the cars' features and talked about the different roles they play in the building process.
Inside the IRC, company representatives presented an overview of the design and manufacturing process and demonstrated the technology used to build cars.
"We are here to inspire the students and make them aware of the different career opportunities in the automotive industry," said Joe Dehner of the Chrysler Corp.
UCSI student Cody Witt, who picked the Viper as his favorite car at the show, said: "I learned a lot about the designs and how the engineers have to work with designers."