This is a sponsored post. I received either product or monetary compensation. However, all of the opinions about U.S. Cellular, STEM schools and engineering are all mine.When it came time for my daughter to enter high school, my husband and I were in a panic. Caitlin was in an elementary Magnet school, which meant we had a number of options for her high school placement. We could choose the high school she was zoned for, which was NOT really an option. It had a horrible reputation for drugs and poor test scores. The Magnet school she could enroll in was not much better than the high school we were zoned for. There were rumors a girl had been assaulted by an upperclassman in one of the bathrooms. I was honestly ready to homeschool, and then we heard about our local STEM school. After doing some research on the STEM school, we felt our prayers had been answered.
If you aren’t familiar, a STEM school focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Caitlin has not only enjoyed her 3 years with her local STEM school, but has flourished. She went from being a bullied nerd, to a standout in her Scholar’s Bowl and Robotics clubs. (The picture above is last year’s costume for Robotics…they are called the STEMpunks!!) She is completely enthralled with her science fiction class and can school me on all things computer related! Caitlin plans to move on to the local university and study engineering. I mean, how cool is it to say, “My daughter is going to be an engineer!?” Little did I know how the my iPhone 6 which I got from U.S. Cellular was connected to the field of engineering.
Today is the first ever Global Day of the Engineer! #GlobalEngineerDay celebrates the many accomplishments of engineers and paves the way for future generations of innovators. To know my daughter will be part of that makes me so proud! I am also proud to be a U.S. Cellular customer, because they are commitment to education and its goal to help educate youth on careers in engineering. To celebrate the 65th Anniversary of National Engineers Week, the folks over at U.S. Cellular are working to help increase the understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. To do so, they are holding “Ask an Engineer” sessions at Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country. These sessions are designed to bring engineering to life for kids and show them the different career paths that are available with a technical or engineering education.
At U.S. Cellular, their desire is to motivate youth, like my daughter, to explore career opportunities in engineering and to encourage a more diverse engineering workforce in the future. For kids and their parents, they are going to have the chance to get a hands-on look at how U.S. Cellular’s network operates and will provide youth with information on career opportunities in engineering. This will give kids a behind-the-scenes look at how a cellular network, like U.S. Cellular, operates and understand how engineering and technology is present in everyday activities. I honestly did not know that without engineers and the technology they build, carries like U.S. Cellular would not be able to provide customers like me with national coverage and a high-quality network that works wherever they want to go. If you are interested learning more information about career opportunities in engineering, please visit the official National Engineers Week website.
My kids cannot go far without their iPhone, gaming systems or iPod. Because I have kids who are cellphone users, they have both signed the U.S. Cellular® Better Moments Parent-Child Agreement. This agreement is customizable and parents can use it to set certain parameters for phone use as well as driving responsibilities and limitations. Parents and teenagers can agree in writing that young drivers should not use their cellphones while driving. Be sure to stay current with U.S. Cellular and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.