Reaching the Next Generation of NDT

4/20/2017

The ASNT Day of STEM was, again, an overwhelming success at the 2017 ASNT Research Symposium. Over 120 students and educators attended the ASNT Day of STEM in Jacksonville, FL. From learning what NDT is and seeing examples from their city and common experiences, to being up close with many of the different test methods used, the day’s participants were given an inside look into NDT technologies and careers.

ASNT exists to create a safer world by advancing scientific, engineering, and technical knowledge in the field of nondestructive testing. The ASNT Day of STEM is a core initiative to connect this relatively under recognized field with students that are forming opinions on potential careers and considering high school post-graduation choices. ASNT wants to place NDT as an accessible, achievable, and exciting career option that has excellent earning potential and can take career professionals around the world.

The three primary objectives for the ASNT Day of STEM are for participants to:

  1. Recognize the necessity of nondestructive testing and its impact
  2. Experience nondestructive testing methods firsthand and be able to identify them
  3. Create awareness of variety of nondestructive careers, impart a desire to learn more and pursue

After an introduction that includes a video and brief presentations of the many different industries affected by NDT, students are divided into small groups to rotate through a variety of stations. Ultrasonic and magnetic particle testing were two of the six methods demonstrated for the students and educators. There were several exhibitors for the concurrent symposium that graciously hosted groups of students at their exhibit booths. In the exhibit hall the groups were able to see complex and innovative technology while being able to converse glean insight into industry adjacent careers such as product and service marketing and training.

  • “I thought it was going to be boring, just a day off of school. But it was informative and interesting insight into the workforce.” – 11th grade student
  • “Learning that without NDT our city/state won’t be safe.” (what was favorite part) – 11th grade student
  • “Everyone was fabulous! Professional and courteous!” - educator
  • “Of course!” (would you recommend this workshop to other high school students) – educator

The success of the ASNT Day of STEM is driven primarily by the time and talents of the subject matter experts - ASNT volunteers, without whom these activities would not be possible. The collaborative efforts of ASNT staff and supportive volunteer community continues to build capacity for this program and increase awareness for NDT.

ASNT produces this event at the Research Symposium and Annual Conference in spring and fall, respectively, each year. If you would like more information about the ASNT Day of STEM or want to inquire about participation in future events, please contact ASNT the Program Coordinator, Jessica VanDervort at jvandervort@asnt.org.

For interviews or media inquiries, contact Public Relations Manager, Dana Sims, at dsims@asnt.org.

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