Cemex hosted our inaugural S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Bowl for 6 Lake County Charter Schools on March 25 and 26 at Imagine Charter School on Hartwood Marsh Road in Clermont. Due to COVID, the Charter Schools in Lake County were told their students would not be allowed to participate in the county’s competition, to reduce the number of students in one location. We learned of this and decided to step up to the plate and create a Cemex STEAM Bowl for the Charter Schools. The questions and challenges were related to Cemex and the construction materials’ industry. It was a great opportunity to highlight our commitment to the environment while making real-world connections for the students by creating industry-based questions.
The competition was divided into 3-parts: an art contest where the teams created a poster around our logo and slogan “Building a Better Future,” timed questions based on their math and science standards, and an engineering design competition.
Wesley Locke, Principal of Spring Creek Charter Schools sent the following message:
“I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for all the work you, and Cemex put into the Charter School STEAM Bowl. Our kids and staff were very pleased with the entire experience! They came back full of stories, smiles, and new knowledge! I hope we have photos to share with the media. You all need to be recognized, as this was a great partnership between our schools and your company. Thank so much! I hope we can make this an annual event!”
Florida Earth Day Art Contest
To celebrate Earth Day in a way that was sensitive to the continued COVID protocols of both Cemex and the communities we serve, we sponsored a Florida Earth Day Art Contest open to all Florida elementary, middle and high school classes. The guidelines were for a 3D or 2D piece that used recycled materials of a pollinator interacting with a flower. By making this a requirement, the contest highlighted the Earth Day core value of recycling while supporting the importance of pollinators to the environment.
Cash prizes for classroom use were awarded to the top three entries. Participation exceeded our expectation receiving entries from all of the state. As you can see by the photos, the finished projects were well thought out and designed. The virtual art contest was so well received, we plan to make this an annual Earth Day activity!