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Nearly 250 Students Experience Engineering Firsthand at Trane

DAVIDSON, N.C. —Trane collaborated with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Coulee Subsection of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to encourage La Crosse, Wis., students to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Nearly 250 eighth grade students from 11 local middle schools visited Trane’s La Crosse facility this week, taking part in a competitive activity in which they designed a LEGO vehicle and provided detailed instructions to human “robots” to recreate it.

Volunteers from Dairyland Power Cooperative, Michaels Energy and HSR Associates acted as the human robots, and provided supplies and planning support for the event.

Students also toured the Trane laboratory and acoustics facility, learning about various career opportunities within the STEM fields, and experienced firsthand the engineering and programming opportunities in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry.

“This was a perfect opportunity to share the exciting world of engineering and other STEM fields with young students when they’re old enough to be considering careers, but still young enough to be making choices for their high school coursework,” said Kristin Sullivan, compressor design team leader for Trane. “These students may become the scientists and engineers who solve the climate and sustainability challenges of our future, and it was a great experience to see how enthusiastic these students were to learn more and get involved.”