Earlier this summer Spiros formed a partnership with i4Learning, a local community charter school. These community partnerships are formed by the school in an effort to provide more effective learning experiences beyond the classic classroom setting.
Spiros provided an incredible experience for a group of 3rd-5th grade students. They were taken on a grand tour of the Spiros facility, the precision spring production line, and were able to see firsthand how springs are made, starting from the wire, to being packed and shipped to customers.
“It is pretty cool to see all those springs being manufactured right here in our backyard. We’re super excited about creating an ongoing partnership with Spiros…” – Principal Joel Dziedzic
As part of the partnership, Spiros also donated over $10,000 to purchase robot kits for 3rd-5th graders to use next year. The students will be learning how to build mobile robots that can be controlled remotely and complete various tasks.
“I wanted to thank you and all of the individuals at Spiros for your donation and contributions to the classroom at i4L! I am pleased to see that Spiros is taking an active role in developing and supporting our next generation of leaders!” – State Senator Duey Stroebel
Spiros owners showed the students how the plant can still create product even after the workers go home at night, how they check the new product in the morning, and parts that don’t meet certain requirements are then recycled as scrap metal.
Students were then taken around the warehouse and could see all the inventory Spiros keeps on hand at all times “You will notice this ceiling is a little bit taller in the warehouse, and the product is stacked up all the way to the ceiling. This way, when a customer calls, we can put it on a truck and ship it out right away” – Dennis Backhaus
Spiros attended the school’s Manufacturing Market Day where students learned various real-world lessons like supply and demand, profit/loss, research & development, and teamwork.
Learning these valuable principles, combined with the ability to experience advanced technology firsthand, these students are off to a great start in skill development for a career involving the incredible tech advancements their future has in store for them…
Quotes and excerpts taken from an article out of the Kewaskum Statesman, June 1, 2017 “Getting Down to Manufacturing Business in the Classroom” by Anne Trautner