The Earthmoving Division's Medium Tractor Product (MTP) team has collaborated with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) and local Cat® dealer, Altorfer, to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in the youth and community.
Instilling interest in students to make STEM jobs their chosen career paths helps ensure Caterpillar has the talent needed for the future. That's why Caterpillar loaned a track-type tractor simulator to the Advanced Technology Environment and Energy Center (ATEEC) in Davenport, IA. At ATEEC, students and community visitors have the opportunity to 'drive' the tractor and see what goes into the intricate design and performance of the machine.
During a recent press conference, Caterpillar, Altorfer and EICC introduced this new exhibit as part of the ATEEC. Worldwide Product Manager Scott Johnson spoke on behalf of Caterpillar.
"You start with a young mind who walks through a facility like the ATEEC and aspires to work for a company like Caterpillar - a company that strives each and every day to deliver sustainable products, services and technology. Our hope is that by showing some real world examples of what's possible, we can foster skills in science, technology, math and engineering," Johnson said.
With the help of Altorfer, an actual D7E track-type tractor was also on display at the press conference. Caterpillar and EICC addressed the purpose for their collaboration, expressing their hopes of a greater tomorrow with the installment of the innovative learning lab at the resource center.
STEM is a shared focus by EICC and Caterpillar. Both organizations hold the common goal of encouraging the youth of today to become the innovators, thinkers and doer's of tomorrow.