Have you ever been asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”

On July 13, 2015, MacLean-Fogg helped teens learn more about potential career opportunities. The Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois, a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics, hosted its second annual Career X-Ploration Day for teens.

The purpose of the Career X-Ploration Day was to expose youth to career options with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. The event was open to the public and summer camps were invited to attend. This year, over 300 teens participated in the event, coming to learn more about STEM fields and talk with professionals from the industries.

Professionals from a wide array of fields came to discuss their positions within the STEM fields. Some of the fields included: astronomers, marine biologists, pilots, atmospheric scientists, graphic designers, museum curators, chemists, game designers and many more. MacLean-Fogg represented manufacturing and design engineering.

MacLean-Fogg hosted a table for all the teens to come, visit, and talk with some of the engineers. The MacLean-Fogg team brought example parts from all of the MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions businesses and teens were able to see and investigate the parts. The sample parts stimulated many great questions and discussions about MacLean-Fogg and careers in engineering. Even students tweeted about the MacLean-Fogg table saying that manufacturing parts for anything that moves is a field that they would like to get into. This year’s Career X-Ploration Day was a great event.  MacLean-Fogg will return next year!