Brasscraft Mfg. Co. recently joined one of its Masco Millions partners, Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), at the Michigan Science Center for workshops where seventh- and eighth-grade students explored the world of STEM — science, technology, engineering and math. 

 DAPCEP places youth on university campuses to learn everything from renewable energy engineering to computer programming to the mathematics of music.  During the fall and spring, students attend courses that take place over six-to-eight consecutive Saturdays on university, professional and community campuses.  In the summer, students attend commuter or residential camp at Michigan universities.  The program’s mission is to increase the number of underrepresented students who are motivated and prepared to pursue degrees leading to careers in STEM.

“Our partnership with DAPCEP is exciting because Brasscraft team members get the chance to interact with young people who are interested in doing work that is the heart and soul of our company,” said Kristi Plain, vice president, Brasscraft Mfg. Co., human resources.  “It provides young people with exposure to our talented employees, while connecting us with the workforce of the future.”

Brasscraft engineers created four experiments for the students to participate in: How gas molecules work and create heat; how a safety fitting – BrassCraft’s own thermal excess flow valve — works and helps to prevent fires and explosions, creating a safer home; how electroplating works; and a pipe maze to show how to control the flow of water.