Penske Truck Leasing has donated a specially equipped 26-foot Freightliner M2 box truck to house and transport the TechForce Foundation Mobile STEM Career Center, a traveling, hands-on exhibit designed to engage Generation Z and help them discover career paths as professional technicians.
The center can be deployed for indoor or outdoor activities. It features a built-in exterior video wall as well as retractable awnings and large free-standing shade covers. The center also serves as a mobile billboard.
“Although we developed the STEM career activities over the past few years, we’ve been limited by our ability to deploy them. These are big and heavy activities. This Penske truck makes us highly mobile, and we are looking forward to hitting the road in 2022,” said TechForce CEO Jennifer Maher.
Mobile STEM Career Center activities include …
• Pit Stop Challenge, where participants race against the clock to see who can change tires fastest on the front clip of a real NASCAR.
• Go Nutz allows users to see how good they are at matching the fasteners (nuts) to the Snap-on wrenches.
• The Virtual V8, where participants discover the inner workings of a virtual V-8 engine.
• Off the Line allows users to test their reflexes on a real light tree from a drag strip starting line.
• Slot Car Racing, where participants discover how shape and weight can determine winning cars.
• High-tech Circuits allows users to build functioning circuitry with real circuit boards, wires, motors and lights.
• How’s It Work, where instructors demonstrate common auto systems and catastrophic failures.
• Model of Power allows users to build functioning, scaled-down models of V-8 engines.
• Cutaway V-10, where participants check out the inner workings of a high-performance V-10 engine.
• Code-A-Car allows users to write code to power miniature auto functions like lights and fans.
• Ford GT, where participants can check out the Nicolas Cage Ford GT.
• TechForce Network allows users to explore free competitions, events, training and other resources.