Endress+Hauser, Purdue open studio for interactive STEM

Oct. 28, 2022
Center is equipped with interactive Industry 4.0 technology and learning opportunities in STEM for students K-8, as well as applications for high school students

In partnership with Purdue University’s Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center, Endress+Hauser held a grand opening on Sept. 15 to inaugurate its new Design and Innovation Studio at its U.S. headquarters in Greenwood, Ind.

The center is equipped with interactive Industry 4.0 technology and learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for students K-8, and also has applications for high school students. For example, the studio can teach about 3D printing, robotics, Spheros, Little Bits, engineering and science modules and coding. Indiana teachers can reserve the space, and use it as an extension of their classroom activities because all of the studio’s curriculum is aligned with state standards.

“After years of engagement and awareness through established activities with middle and high school students, this Design and Innovation Studio let our organization create career and early STEM awareness for younger students,” says Nicole Otte, workforce development director at Endress+Hauser. “It further expands our early talent initiatives. We look forward to partnering with local educators to integrate this studio into their curricula.”

In addition to the STEM facility at Endress+Hauser, it and IN-MaC are funding another design and innovation studio at a second location in Johnson County. This added studio will serve Indian Creek Elementary, Intermediate and Junior High schools.

“IN-MaC is thrilled to partner with Endress+Hauser to build awareness and increase access and equity in STEM educational pathways,” adds Sascha Harrell, education and workforce director at IN-MaC. “This collaboration is designed for students and teachers to gain skills required to succeed in the innovation-focused 21st century; learn more about STEM careers; challenge their understanding of industry; and leverage their interests to inspire participation and prepare youth for future jobs.”

Concurrent with opening of the studio, Endress+Hauser also kicked off its Youth STEM Lead program for high school students. This initiative gives high schoolers the opportunity to interact with and learn directly from Endress+Hauser subject matter experts (SME). This program offers a free 90-minute session once a month for students to explore career opportunities in STEM fields. Each session features a new topic, some chosen ahead of time, while others will be chosen by participants via an online survey to provide students the unique freedom to have control over their learning experience.