On Friday, December 9, 27 students from Mt. Lebanon and South Fayette High Schools presented their solutions to six real time problems to the senior management and staff of All-Clad Corporation at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe. This STEM focused program teamed Mt. Lebanon and South Fayette 11th and 12th grade students to partner on six teams that were tasked with finding solutions within the product development, process optimization, environmental energy conservation, engineering and marketing areas of the company.
All Clad executives including Bill Groll, Vice President of Research and Development, John Watkins, Strategic Business Development Manager and their colleagues within the engineering and marketing departments of the company welcomed teams of students from Mt. Lebanon and South Fayette high schools as they present their findings in this "out of the box" approach to education. The students had nine weeks to come up with their solutions during the project timeline and worked with All Clad engineers in work sessions held at Mt. Lebanon High School as well as a visit to the All Clad factory in Canonsburg. Both schools support and encourage students to explore real world, problem solving, project based learning models while engaged in a partnership process that encourages regional school districts to collaborate on the projects. This school to business collaboration is a win-win for all. The students gain the unique perspective of working across districts with partners in industry and learning how to apply their classroom academics to the real world. All-Clad receives the benefit of fresh, innovative and unbiased solutions to incorporate.