June 26, 2019
InSource Solutions welcomed 23 youth and 7 volunteers from the Richmond Police Athletic League (PAL) to our corporate office in Richmond, VA to participate in our one day Manufacturing Camp. The InSource Manufacturing Camp was created out of InSource’s passion to revitalize manufacturing in America by bringing awareness to the importance of STEM education and careers.
The day began with an introduction to the value of manufacturing. From there, the youth were broken into five teams and given a technical and business challenge to solve. As part of the technical challenge, the youth had to program LEGO Robots to navigate a maze. While the business challenge required the youth to create a company, logo and use case for the robot. Each team had to pitch their solution to the challenge to senior executives of InSource in a Shark Tank format.
Feedback from the youth and PAL volunteers was overwhelmingly positive. According to Aaron Evans, Vice President “We began the day with only one youth who indicated they wanted to pursue a technical career. By the end of the event, over half of the youth indicated they now would consider a STEM career a viable choice.” Read the gracious thank you letter: Richmond PAL letter 7.8.19
Officer Brick Plummer stated “This was the best field trip that PAL has ever had! Thank you all for making this a success 😊.” Also, Officer Perry Barber added “We got some exposure in the Blue Line times”, a Richmond Police Department Newsletter http://bit.ly/BlueLineTimes062819.
InSource is proud to support organizations like the Police Athletic League in their quest to provide comprehensive support to the City of Richmond’s youth.