TONAWANDA, N.Y. - It is manufacturing week and General Motors of Western New York invited 100 students to explore their Tonawanda facility.
Local students got to tour the plant, work on an engine, use a 3D printer and play environmental jeopardy.
The purpose of the day was to expose the students to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, also known as STEM.
"They are the future for engineering and for manufacturing and we want them to know what manufacturing careers are all about," Steve Finch, the GM Tonawanda Plant Manager, said.
Students also got to talk to college representatives at the plant about working toward STEM careers. The University of Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, Daemen College and Canisius College were all represented.
"If we stay on this course, we can probably get jobs here," Ondrila Bhuiyan, a student from Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School, said about what she was learning. "We can see how to learn how to do stuff and we can see what it offers from STEM and to see what we should be doing to get to where they are now."
The event concluded with GM presenting a $75,000 check to a number of Erie County charities.