In Fall 2020, the Goodyear Engineering Explorer Post was hosted virtually for the first time. This program, which introduces high school students to careers in STEM fields through engaging projects and direct mentorship from Goodyear associates, traditionally meets in person at the Corporate HQ. The virtual program engaged 50 students and focused on Blimp flight and operation. It featured virtual speakers from the Blimp operations crew and culminated in a weathervane project for students to complete.
Associates in South Africa continue to support local schools through several projects in 2020. They opened a library at a primary school and continued to support the Keep A Dream Alive Project, which encourages 7th grade students to dream beyond their current circumstances by writing and sharing essays about what they want to be when they grow up. Additionally, Goodyear donated 32 laptops and 650 face shields to several schools.
Goodyear has a long history of supporting Akron Public Schools in Akron, Ohio, supporting student learning through community initiatives and experiential learning. In 2020, this relationship was taken to a new level when Goodyear became a named integrated partner of two of Akron Public Schools’ College and Career Academies. Students in the Goodyear Academy of Applied Engineering at Ellet Community Learning Center and the Goodyear Academy of Advanced Technology and Design at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ® High School study careers critical to Goodyear’s workforce, including engineering and automotive technology. This relationship will allow students to make use of Goodyear resources through opportunities such as facility tours and hands-on learning experiences. Goodyear associates support this work through the Akron Public Schools Advisory Council, which focuses on identifying opportunities for collaboration.
Additionally, as Akron Public Schools navigated virtual learning due to the pandemic, Goodyear provided funding for internet access and other needed supplies in lieu of a traditional school supply drive.