The Boys & Girls Club STEM program is an incredibly important initiative that provides young people with access to educational opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program helps equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s increasingly technological and complex world. Through hands-on activities and mentorship, the Boys & Girls Club STEM program helps young people develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills, as well as a love of learning that can last a lifetime.
The visiting future leaders in STEM witnessed the blazing speed of DrinkPAK’s Lines 1 and 2 and experienced the canning process from depalletizing the empty cans all the way through to wrapping a pallet of finished goods. Stepping into the shoes of Quality Technicians, students performed a mock quality test and ended their tour with an up-close look at the robogrip, palletizer, and shrink wrapper.
“With DrinkPAK boasting some of the most advanced technology in the world, it’s crucial that we contribute to the growth and development of young engineers, scientists, and innovators so advances continue being made,” said Nate Patena, Chief Executive Officer of DrinkPAK. “These students could be future DrinkPAK employees with the next industry-changing idea. We hope by providing hands-on learning with real-world applications, we inspire careers in STEM.”
Following the tour, the Boys and Girls of Santa Clarita Valley was awarded $10,000 to support and expand STEM programming to all five of its Club locations, impacting 500 local children and teens. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the projected job growth in STEM fields is far ahead of the projected workforce. Nate says, “As DrinkPAK continues to grow, we will continue to support opportunities for advancements in STEM to the next generation of innovators in the Santa Clarita Valley community.”
“I want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to DrinkPAK for their generous support of our STEM programs. Their contribution allows us to offer innovative educational opportunities to our members, inspiring the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. We are also grateful for the opportunity to take Club members on a tour of their facility, giving them an up-close look at the cutting-edge technology and processes behind their products. DrinkPAK’s commitment to investing in the future of our community is truly inspiring, and we look forward to continuing our partnership to make a positive impact on the lives of our youth.” Matt Nelson, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.