Making a Difference!
Started in 1974, National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. As a leader in our industry, ACE encourages our employees to volunteer their time and energy to local organizations and causes that educate young people on the topics of engineering and technology.
Since we started logging hours in 2015, ACE employees have given over 1,300 hours of their time. This year alone, we have taken our custom PLC-5 gaming system to an elementary school STREAM night and the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. in order to educate kids about engineering and programming via a cool arcade game. We have also mentored, coached, and guided young adults in FIRST and Future Cities competitions. In addition, some employees have participated at networking events through their alma mater to educate underclassmen about our field.
This desire to give back is spread across all ACE offices:
- “I have been a volunteer in many things all my life – probably more often than not because I was asked. Beyond the fun of showing young people something I know I have also found that the relationships I formed with other volunteers have been very rewarding and long lasting.” – Bill Dugary (Delaware Valley)
- “The Gulf Coast office has been active in STEM volunteer activities over the last few years. Earlier, we hosted one day seminars at our office with hands on activities on simple simulated control systems where the children interacted with Rockwell, ABB, and AspenTech systems. We also volunteered at outside STEM events at a local high school and the Houston Science Center.” – George Ikonomou (Gulf Coast)
- "One of the highlights of mentoring high school students over the past few years is watching them switch from simply following instructions to developing a passion and enthusiasm for learning." – Jayesh Jariwala (Chesapeake Region)
In the first quarter of 2018, ACE logged nearly 300 hours. This year, we hope to break the 500 hour mark. This is easily achievable if every employee gives just 2 hours over the next 9 months. Have an idea or want to join us? Contact your local office today.
USA Science & Engineering Festival
On April 5 – 7, 2018, ACE celebrated science at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. The largest and only national science festival, the event featured nationwide contests and school programs all designed to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Once again, the Baltimore / Washington D.C. ISA Section exhibited. Using ACE’s custom PLC-5 gaming system, members of the section - including ACE’s Dave Erby, Jayesh Jariwala, and Kristen Sheriff - demonstrated how control circuits are wired for lights, switches, and buttons; how the switches use binary math for game selection; how the programs are structured; and how mathematics plays a key role in computer game programming. Those brave enough to play walked away with a pair of hot light up ears. It was without a doubt the hit of the festival!
STREAM Night at Penn London Elementary School
On March 16, 2018, ACE’s Ian Burns, Kati McLaughlin, and Andy Schott volunteered at Penn London Elementary School’s STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, & Math) night. Hosted by the PTA, this free event included hands-on experiments, demonstrations, and make-and-take stations geared towards students in kindergarten through second grade. ACE brought our custom PLC-5 gaming system to educate students and their families on how control circuits are wired for lights, switches, and buttons; how the switches use binary math for game selection; how the programs are structured; and how mathematics plays a key role in computer game programming. Our thanks to all involved for a great night!