Scientist in the Classroom continues with cycle 3

Saint-Gobain continued its STEM education partnership with YouthBuild Worcester by kicking off its third cycle of Scientist in the Classroom.

The Scientists in the Classroom series was designed to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to YouthBuild Worcester students, by allowing Saint-Gobain’s Northboro R&D employees to participate as  volunteers. Northboro volunteers bring their STEM backgrounds and expertise to YouthBuild students by teaching STEM lessons to students in the classroom.


CertainTeed Senior Principal Scientist, Rachel Pytel and super abrasives  Senior Technical Specialist, Linda Bateman  shared their personal career journeys, which inspired both the students and staff.  Volunteers conducted a lesson on “Introduction to Thermal Expansion” with included demonstrations utilizing CertainTeed siding as well as various exercises in area and expansion.  The presentation was informative, fun and an overall great learning experience for all involved!

Check out some of the student’s reactions from the day below to see just how inspired
and motivated they felt after a day of being with “Scientists in the Classroom”!

 “It makes me want to go to the job site!”
- Alex Tayler

“I will look at houses differently now.  I learned so much about hot and cold temperatures.”
- Kosta Tziarbas

“Now I am interested in building houses with the materials we learned about.  It’s all so interesting!  Thank you!”
- Jordan Martinez

Click here to check out a video recapping the day. What a perfect way to kick off the 2016 series!

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