Binghamton, NY — Roberson Museum and Science Center is pleased to unveil a new Home for the Holidays outdoor display that has been months in the making, thanks to a partnership between Broome-Tioga BOCES students and The Raymond Corporation.
Broome-Tioga BOCES students have been hard at work brainstorming, designing, and building a brand-new holiday display for the Roberson Museum’s 67th annual Home for the Holidays celebration (November 18 – January 7).
“The students used the engineering design process to help solve the project details and they were held to a tight 5-week timeline for completion; the students’ constructed prototypes, revised designs, and then finalized the final products for display at the museum,” said Broome-Tioga BOCES P-TECH Engineering teacher, Matt Hamilton-Jones. “The final holiday light setup is something special to see.”
BOCES P-TECH engineering students were responsible for the initial planning and design, while Broome-Tioga BOCES career and technical programs—which included welding and carpentry—contributed to the fabrication and assembly of the outdoor display. All students exercised project management, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration, which are crucial to the success of any project.
The P-TECH students had the benefit of coaching from a Raymond engineer and welder over the course of the project. Raymond also provided oversight to the students to construct the final project.
“Collaborating with prominent community partners such as the Roberson Museum and Science Center and Broome-Tioga BOCES is what makes our greater community thrive and grow,” said Steve Van Nostrand, executive vice president of human resources for The Raymond Corporation. “Raymond is proud to support innovative real-world learning experiences that help enrich our students and showcase the skills, creativity and talents that are helping to build our future workforce.”
“This event gave us the challenge we needed, it was a taste of the outside world,” said P-TECH student, Elana Miller. “We had to be innovative. There were trials and errors, but we were able to do something beautiful. Everyone worked together and became a team. We got to plan, create, and make. We learned how to be engineers hands-on.”
“We are strong proponents of hands-on learning outside of the classroom,” said Roberson’s Executive Director, Michael Grasso. “Partnerships like this between the business, education, and cultural communities enabled these students to learn key skills from working professionals and share their creations with thousands of visitors. As a Museum, we couldn’t be more proud of the creativity and ingenuity of these students. Our sincere thanks to the great people at BOCES and Raymond for working with us on this fantastic project.”
The display is now on-view at Roberson Museum and Science Center’s entrance.
There will be a Press Conference on Tuesday, December 14 at 12:30PM at Roberson Museum and Science Center with students and staff who worked on this project.
About Broome-Tioga BOCES
BOCES is a unique and innovative educational institution established to help public schools control costs and provide quality programs by sharing services. BOCES operates as an extension of the local school districts and the New York State Education Department.
One of 37 such entities around the state, Broome-Tioga BOCES serves 15 component school districts in Broome and Tioga counties, annually touching the lives of nearly 35,000 students in grades K-12 and many others in adult programs.
About The Raymond Corporation
The Raymond Corporation, a Toyota Industries Company, is a leading global provider of best-in-class material handling products and intelligent intralogistics solutions. Built on principles of innovation and continuous improvement for over 95 years, Raymond’s integrated automation, telematics, virtual reality and advanced energy solutions provide ways to optimize operations and bring warehouse and distribution operations to a new level of performance. Raymond® electric forklift trucks are engineered to achieve increased productivity and efficiency and are designed to provide ecological and economic benefits. Raymond delivers solutions to material handling and logistics markets in North America and globally. Combining operational excellence, award-winning innovation and world-class global customer support, we work together to run better, manage smarter and keep our customers always on. For more information, visit raymondcorp.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
About Roberson Museum and Science Center
Roberson Museum and Science Center is a cultural hub of activities and events, serving the greater Binghamton community. Our mission remains to engage and educate people of all ages and backgrounds by providing regionally significant exhibitions and programs in art, history, and science.
Support is provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.