April 3, 2017

STEAM Day at RCI

RCI Engineering, an engineering and manufacturing company in Mayville, Wisconsin, hosted the 4th Grade of the Mayville School District to provide an experience with STEAM.  STEAM represents Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math.

88 Students participated in several activities to learn about all of the activities RCI performs in bringing new products to market.  Stations were set up in each key area as follows:

  • Marketing
  • Product Design
  • Design Analysis
  • Order Procurement
  • Electrical Engineering
  • 3D Printing
  • NIR (Near-Infrared) Technology
  • Assembly
  • Shipping and Receiving
  • Welding
  • Product Testing
  • Machining
  • Laser Scanning

Students then participated in a Lego challenge, where they worked alone and in teams to assemble simple Lego Creations.  3D Printed Awards were presented for students that worked the best in teams.

By presenting the different areas of STEAM in a fun and educational way, it is our hope to show these young students all the different possibilities that exist between engineering, agriculture and manufacturing….applying what they are learning in STEAM fields.  An emphasis on STEAM in school helps prepare our students to take advantage of all that our industry has to offer.

RCI firmly believes in the importance in STEAM in the classroom.  By exposing our kids to more possibilities, and by giving them opportunities to see how to apply what they are learning in school, we hope that they have more visibility to different fields.  Ultimately, we hope someday they can choose a career path that they can find joy in.  Several students, in showing their appreciation for the event, indicated that they might like to be an engineer, assembler, or welder, but that they did not know about it before today.  Mission accomplished!

RCI specializes in the manufacture of agricultural and off-road equipment and also provides engineering services to other OEM’s of this equipment.  Based in Mayville, RCI supports customers across North America and ships products for different agricultural producers around the world.  Learn more at http://www.RCIengineering.com

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