TPS students visit high tech GM design center
By José Luna
Friday, May 18, 2012: Latino 7th and 8th graders enjoyed a visit to GM’s Tech Center in Warren MI. 24 students from eight Toledo Public elementary schools took part in the 17th Annual GM Job Shadow Experience.
The Job Shadow event was started by the two José’s—José Luna, TPS Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, and José (Joe) Limón, Tech Engineer. Every year José Limón and his GM colleagues develop a new and different event for the student participants.
This year, students were divided into four teams. The students were joined by Tech Center design engineers and artists. The youth’s assignment was to imagine what the car of 2022 would be. Each team would draw their concept, and make a clay model of their final idea.
Included in design, students decided how the vehicle is to be powered and the types of accessories would go into the car of 2022. After completing their projects, the students gave sales pitches on how their design was the best.
The four projects were judged by Tech Center employees and a design was selected. In reality there were no losers. Each team took away a wealth of experience, fun, and insight into the role of math in science and in the world of work. After the design experience the students and their TPS chaperones went to Mexican Town in Detroit and had lunch before the ride home to Toledo.