Explorers

Students Invited to Explore Careers at Spicer Group

Spicer Group’s Explorers Program is an interactive set of activities aimed at providing information about STEM careers to high school students to help them pursue, grow, and develop their special interests. Students participating in this program at Spicer Group will discover the opportunities associated with surveying, engineering, architectural and technology careers.

An extension of the Boy Scouts of America, Exploring provides exciting activities and mentorship for students looking to discover careers that may fit their interests. By immersing themselves in the career experience, students from all backgrounds can learn important life and career skills, build character, and discover some of their true passions in life. 

On the second Wednesday of each month, from October through February, Spicer Group will host an Exploring event at our corporate headquarters in Saginaw. Students, parents and educators are invited to come and experience the program. Food is provided for those who attend.

The schedule of events for the 2017-2018 Spicer Group Explorers Program includes:

October 11, 5pm- 6:30pm: Firing Lasers and Flying Drones: Using Advanced Technology for Surveying with Eric Barden, Jeremy Dancer, and Lucas Hanson

November 8, 5pm- 6:30pm: Ain’t Just Buildings: Discovering Architecture and More with Dave Boersma

December 13, 5pm- 6:30pm: Straight Outta Cad: Converting Raw Data into Plans with Bill Becker and Chris Mattson

January 10, 5pm- 6:30pm: No One Understands the Cloud: Software Development and Networking with Rafferty Carothers

February 14, 5pm- 6:30pm: Creating Sparks: Basic Electrical Power and Circuitry with Lawrence McPeek

This is the second year that Spicer Group has hosted an Explorers program in our Saginaw office. Previous sessions with our program included journeying through the world of high-tech surveying, demonstrations on basic computer coding and managing large amounts of data, structural analysis and bridge building, GIS mapping, and managing watersheds and water quality.

To sign up to participate in any of the Explorer Program dates here at Spicer, contact Sarah Vallier, Human Resources Assistant at 989-921-5559 or sarahv@spicergroup.com. Each student participating will be required to fill out an application, which can be downloaded via the button on the right. The one-time fee to attend is $5 for returning students, and $10 for new students for the entire program. The program is limited to the first 40 students who register.

 

TESTIMONIALS:

“I never knew there were different types of maps and I enjoyed learning about all of them.”

“I had a lot of fun building the bridges. The hands-on activity was perfect and it combined learning with fun.”

“It was fun and the bridge building helped connect us with other people. It gave me a chance to be creative and meet new people.”

“I was very interested to know about how much went into getting data to build a house or a bridge.”

“Downloading an operating system was a new and fun experience.”

“As an engineering teacher with the Bay City Public Schools, I feel that the Explorer Program with Spicer Group is beneficial for any student interested in engineering. The experience gained in these events allow a student to see the work and technology of these professionals. I look forward to offering my students the “real world” Explorer Program again.” – Mark Skiles, Bay City Public School Teacher

“My boys and I loved the program that you held last year for high school students. They learned a lot and I did too, by listening in on what they were being taught. Thank you so much for providing this at such a low cost so that our kids can learn all of the different technologies that they can get involved in.” – Vicki Arnold, Parent

Speaker Schedule

Oct 11 | Dancer & Hanson

Firing Lasers and Flying Drones: Using Advanced Technology for Surveying with Eric Barden, Jeremy Dancer, and Lucas Hanson. Learn about how today’s surveyors use lasers, robots and drones!

November 8th | Dave Boersma

Ain’t Just Buildings: Discovering Architecture and More with Dave Boersma

December 13 | Mattson & Becker

Straight Outta Cad: Converting Raw Data into Plans with Bill Becker and Chris Mattson 

January 10 | Rafferty Carothers

No One Understands the Cloud: Software Development and Networking with Rafferty Carothers

February 14 | Lawrence McPeek

Creating Sparks: Basic Electrical Power and Circuitry with Lawrence McPeek

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