Outreach Program takes STEM initiatives to school in style

Outreach Program takes STEM initiatives to school in style

Speed School takes STEM initiatives to local schools in this colorfully wrapped van.

Speed School's outreach van is turning heads. Director of Outreach Program Gary Rivoli said folks on the roadways are waving and honking at him as he drives his newly skinned outreach van on the streets of Louisville.

"I've had two people from new schools stop me in parking lots to see about starting an engineering program in their school," Rivoli said. He visits more than 20 schools on a regular basis promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives to more than 2,400 students.

The van was a gift to Speed School last spring and was made possible by a generous donation of Kosair Charities with special thanks to John and Wallace Sanders. Bottom Sign Co. of New Albany, IN, produced and installed the custom wrap.

"It's so colorful and fun," said Rivoli. "It shows everyone how much fun it is to be an engineer."