Omega proudly supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) education and regularly engages with organizations to develop and support new and existing initiatives within the community. Omega's workforce understands that knowledge is the key to a successful future. Many employees wholeheartedly embrace the values behind STEM and will ask to volunteer whenever possible.
Here is a recap of the events that Omega participated in during the Spring of 2017:
In April, Omega's held its highly praised, 4th annual, Machines in Motion Tour. This half-day event gave more than 120 third grade students, from Owen J Roberts elementary school, the opportunity to see and experience the six simple machines (lever, wedge, pulley, ramp, screw, and the wheel and axle) in operation. Kids rotated through eight unique stations that included: catapults, bottle races, and weight lifts with pulleys.
Kids at Work
For the 2nd year, Omega hosted a Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (ages 8-18). The fun-packed day began with an egg-drop ice breaker, where pairs of kids used packaging materials to build a container that could hold and protect an egg from a 2-story drop. (FYI: No eggs survived). Later, the kids were engaged with team building exercises, a tour, job shadowing, and several opportunities to see the value of education.
Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT) is an annual regional expo (for girls grades 5-10). Omega's women-led team ran a booth at the show for the second year. They shared stories of how their STEM careers are fulfilling, rewarding, and fun. Visitors at Omega's booth also learned the importance of packaging automation from machine videos on display and by engaging in a hands-on booth activity. More than 800 girls and 300 parents attended the event.
For its third year, Omega employees went to Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) to serve as volunteer judges in the annual STEM Design Competition (for grades 4-8). Twenty elementary schools in the region sent a team of four students to the competition, where kids used K'Nex snap-fit pieces and motors to assemble a custom structure that meets specific design criteria. Teams were then judged on their design, creativity, presentation, notes, aesthetics, and teamwork.
For its second year, Omega participated in the Chester and Delaware County What's So Cool About Manufacturing student-led video contest. The initiative provides small teams of school students with a GoPro camera and assigns them to a local manufacturer. The teams create short video profiles of their assigned companies and the career opportunities they offer. Lionville Middle School team won the coveted "Cool Video" award for its profile of Omega.