Raleigh, N.C. — Stewart, an interdisciplinary design, engineering and planning firm, raised $3,141 on Pi Day, March 14, to send a total of 12 elementary- to high school-aged students to engineering summer camps across North Carolina.
The fundraiser was part of Stewart’s recognition of Pi and its impact on the world. Funds raised by employees were matched dollar for dollar by the firm and will cover the costs for 12 students to attend local engineering camps this summer, including NC State University’s College of Engineering Summer Programs, North Carolina A&T State University’s Aggie Enrichment Camps and UNC Charlotte’s Camps on Campus program.
“Our camps provide insight to the broad range of problems that engineers are working on daily to solve,” said Susan D’Amico, coordinator of engineering K-12 outreach extension, The Engineering Place at NC State College of Engineering. “Each year, we receive significantly more requests for financial aid than we are able to assist with. We will have some very grateful campers that will now be able to attend our engineering camp due to Stewart employees’ generosity.”
These camps provide informative activities for attendees ranging in age from elementary school to high school, to understand the importance of engineering, design and planning in everything around us and everything we do. From working with robotics to designing houses and bridges, camp attendees will have hands-on experience with fun yet challenging projects to enhance their skills and explore their future careers.
“Our initial goal to send three kids to camp was truly embraced by our employees, who saw the higher purpose of the initiative and raised enough funds to allow 12 students the opportunity to engage in STEM learning,” said Willy Stewart, founder and CEO of Stewart. “The world around us revolves around Pi — and what better way to celebrate Pi Day than to provide the chance for our next generation to pursue their passion.”
The donation is the latest way Stewart is inspiring and supporting future engineers, designers and other STEM professionals. The firm endowed an annual scholarship in the civil engineering department at NC State University and sits on the board for NC State College of Design.