On a hot summer day in June, dozens of Taylor Independent School District students along with dozens of newly-minted Samsung Austin Semiconductor employees are learning from each other as part of a mentorship event.
The children, grades PreK through 8th, are attending the district's summer camp focused on math and reading.
On this particular day, Samsung Austin Semiconductor's College Orientation Recruitment
Program (CORP) engineers are spending their day helping the students with various crafts and activities, such as making paper airplanes and constructing structures with nothing but pasta and marshmallows.
"They're helping these kids use their imaginations," Taylor ISD's Coordinator for Family Support John Matthews said. "They've built rockets, a cat, a shoe, it's just amazing what they can do."
CORP engineer Jonathan Rupert was able to put his physics degree to work by helping the student who built the rocket.
"Watching them build these structures, I learned a lot about ways to approach building things," Rupert said. "It's nice to see any interest in any kind of STEM and it's cool to talk with the kids about science and engineering."