Guest-Blogger: Crystal Nguyen
Each year Cubic participates in Expo Day, a daylong celebration part of the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. The event features interactive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) exhibits and activities presented by community businesses and organizations for kids of all ages.
Even though the weather was gloomy and filled with rain, Cubic employees were out in full force, engaging and educating attendees about Cubic’s technology with hands-on demonstrations of our ticketing gate, Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) and robotic arms.
“This was my first year volunteering at Expo Day and it was great! Seeing how interested the kids were and how enthusiastic and helpful all the other volunteers were really made it an enjoyable experience,” said associate mechanical engineer, Tim Klimpel.
Meanwhile, senior manager of global trade operations, Estela Clemenz Clark, was excited to volunteer when she learned that Cubic was supporting the event.“It was truly inspiring to see the kids asking questions with their parents about what a company like Cubic presented to tomorrow’s generation of engineers and technology experts,” she said.
More Cubes shared why volunteering at Expo Day was gratifying.
“Participating in the Cubic booth at Expo Day is really fun. It’s very rewarding to see young people excited about how principles learned in school apply to real-world products. It reminds me of when I was their age and why exactly I chose engineering as my field of study,” said principal electrical engineer, Charles McCarthy. For vice president of innovation, Melanie Hagerty, she loved watching the kids’ reactions to Cubic’s products as well as the camaraderie of her fellow Cubes. “We are determined to have successful demos and to provide lasting learning moments for these kids because they are our most impressionable customers of the day…and perhaps will be our most innovative Cubic employees of the future,” she explains.
To learn more about Cubic’s volunteering efforts please visit: cubic.com/volunteerism