“The goal was really to excite the curiosity of these kids and show them what kinds of technology is already available to them,” commented Mead. Following the technology demonstrations, SPR President Rob Figliulo treated the kids to a pizza lunch and talked to them about technology careers. After that, the students were taken to a VIP tour at the top of the 110-story, world famous Willis Tower.
Student responses were universally positive:
Jasmine: “Thank you for letting us have a field trip to your company in the Willis Tower. It was so terrific. When I told my mom I built a 3D car and what I learned, she was happy for me.”
Calvin: “I have a question. How do the monitors work on the computers? Why does the 3D printer go slow? Do they have any movies casted here? When you ever went on the SKYDECK, did you think you were going to fall?”
Bela: “I also thought the sensor beams were so interesting and how it was programmed. I was amazed how this technology works.”
Trent: “Thank you so much for the pizza and the sky deck. The cars were awesome! I was that kid whose car kept winning and going the farthest.”
Angel: “I also liked the robot vehicle, it had sensors to move, that's crazy. But most of all, thank you for your time and effort to make us happy not doing schoolwork.”
Brooklyn: “Thank you for sponsoring us. We really appreciate it. Now I know what a 3D printer is. The glass box out the window was really cool. It was really fun to race the cars. I want to work there when I am older.”
“Best Field Trip in 30 years of teaching….,” says teacher Jean Geary.
Special thank you to Rob, Gina Figliulo, Pat Ryan, Matt Mead, Mina Gindy, Karen Davis, the Mead Family, Marcus Lyng and Murphy O’Rourke for all the effort they put into this. You really make a difference for SPR!