The Central Park Elementary School in Midland, Michigan is no run-of-the-mill elementary school. This school, built by IBEW Local 692, is a STEM School (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) where all of the wiring and piping will be left exposed as an opportunity for the students to learn. This school is the first of its kind in the United States.

In any situation, IBEW electricians put an emphasis on safety and getting the job done right. There is added pressure in this case; not only will these systems be serving precious minds, they will right there in front of their eyes. As we all know, the IBEW is up to the challenge. With 90,000 sq. ft. and 6 studios with 5 classrooms off of each space, this project was no small feat. Each electrician who was able to work on this special project left feeling as though they were contributing to the future of the electrical trade. It was so much more than wiring an elementary school. It’s also fostering a sense of wonder for the STEM fields and, hopefully, contributing to future generations of electricians.

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Matthew Walton

Matthew Walton is the host of IBEW Hour Power and has been with the program since its beginnings in 2007. As an IBEW Hour Power host and producer, Matthew travels across the United States and Canada visiting job sites, training centers, and union halls to tell the stories of the IBEW brothers and sisters that work so hard every day.

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