[HOUSTON] – Even as a young boy, Dr. Wolfgang Warnecke had an ardor for automotive engineering.
“When I was young, I received a tool box. These tools led to a passion for working on cars,” explains Warnecke, Shell’s chief scientist for mobility at the Shell Technology Center in Hamburg, Germany. This interest inspired Warnecke to pursue a STEM education—which gave him a new set of tools that he uses in his career at Shell.
Warnecke shared his experience with students recently at the Communication, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM) Challenge in Houston, where he served as the grand marshal for the CSTEM entry parade. As Shell’s key note speaker, Warnecke encouraged students to pursue their own passion and continue on their journey in STEM education to become the next generation of engineers and scientists.
The CSTEM Challenge provides an opportunity for primary and secondary school students to work together and compete on STEM-related projects. Students learn about teamwork and expand their communication skills while elevating their math and science knowledge.
Since 2011, the CSTEM Challenge has been held in conjunction with the Shell Eco-marathon Competition. This gives CSTEM students the opportunity to engage and interact with Eco-marathon competitors from high schools, community colleges and universities around the country, such as Duke and Purdue.
Shell has been a sponsor of the CSTEM program since 2005. In addition to Dr. Warnecke, several other Shell employees invested their time in STEM education by serving as judges and mentors at the event.
Those who attended the 2014 CSTEM Challenge and iSTEM Olympiad will remember Dr. Wolfgang Warnecke as the speaker and car enthusiast from Shell Oil Company. He also led the entry parade into the George R. Brown Convention Center, kicking-off opening ceremonies. What many don't know, is that he flew all the way from Germany to speak and inspire the students and teachers. C-STEM teachers and students are still talking about Dr. Warnecke's passion for STEM with work and at play.
The CSTEM program is one of many that Shell sponsors to help develop a pipeline of graduates with the science and technology skills we will need in the future.