At Andersen Corporation, volunteerism and making a difference in our local communities has been engrained in our values for more than 100 years. That’s why we offer our employees volunteer opportunities that support STEM education (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics).
This summer, a dozen female engineers from Andersen Corporation volunteered at UW-Stout’s 21st annual STEPS for Girls camp, a weeklong summer camp that inspires confidence in young girls by structuring their STEM involvement. Employees volunteered side by side with 160 seventh-grade girls from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, California and even Spain. The volunteers are taught to teach in math, chemistry, foundry, fab lab, robotics, manufacturing, electronics and packaging labs. Leading our volunteer efforts was Kari Berthiaume, an Advanced Manufacturing manager in Andersen’s Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) department at our headquarters in Bayport, Minn.
For Kari, it’s important to apply her real-life experience in engineering to mentor young students, as they are at the key age to start exploring STEM-related opportunities. To learn more about UW-Stout’s STEPS camp for young girls, read this article.
Our support of STEM education is one of the many examples of how corporate citizenship is, and always will be, a core value at Andersen. For more than a century, we have given back to the communities where we live and work through our volunteerism efforts.