March 28, 2019
By Anthony Punt, Editorial Assistant, and Ben DuBose, Publications
Even the foremost corrosion control experts of today had to start somewhere in learning about their chosen field. With that in mind, the NACE Foundation hosted a mini-camp for high school students in the Nashville,Tennessee area to increase their knowledge and awareness of corrosion-based topics.
The Opportunities Realized Mini-Camp was held on Wednesday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time. The site of this mini-camp was the Nashville Music City Center’s Exhibit Hall, as part of CORROSION 2019 — the world’s largest event for the prevention and mitigation of corrosion.
At this NACE Foundation-hosted event, Nashville students received hands-on education about corrosion and corrosion-related activities. Among the tools they had at their disposal was the NACE Foundation’s cKit™ (Corrosion Toolkit), developed in 2005 as a means of educating students and stimulating their interest in corrosion science and engineering.
“We had two great schools here from Metro National Public Schools,Stratford STEM and Middle College High School,” said Brandy Adams, Program Specialist with the NACE Foundation. “The students and teachers were extremely engaged in the experiments and were wowed by the size of the corrosion industry after visiting the Exhibit Hall. Representatives from Covestro, our event sponsor, gave a great presentation that explored the many types of corrosion industry careers. Overall, it was great to see so many students excited about corrosion at our mini-camp!”
The students on hand learned about a variety of scientific principles directly relevant to the field of corrosion, including oxidation, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. In addition, they had the opportunity to meet with industry professionals (including those from Covestro) and university students about research and career opportunities.
As NACE International wraps up its 74th annual conference, corrosion professionals from around the world continued the momentum started by the 11 founding members in 1943 when almost 6,000 attendees from nearly 70 countries worldwide came together at the Nashville Music City Center and other area venues for CORROSION 2019.
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