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Rockwell Automation Helps Celebrate the Grand Opening of We Energies STEM Center at MSOE

Published 09-23-21

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Rockwell's Patricia Contreras, vice president, Public Affairs, third from left
Rockwell's Patricia Contreras, vice president, Public Affairs, third from left

MILWAUKEE, September 23, 2021 /CSRwire/ - Rockwell Automation joined the Milwaukee School of Engineering and other corporate leaders this week to celebrate the grand opening of the We Energies STEM Center at MSOE. The new center is the premier STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) destination in Milwaukee for K-12 students and provides students from any school—public, private, charter, and homeschool—access to interactive, one-of-a-kind STEM experiences.

student working on her robot

Created in partnership with We Energies, Rockwell Automation, American Family Insurance, and Northwestern Mutual, the STEM Center provides resources, mentoring and hands-on, experience-based learning.

students working on robots

The 10,000-square-foot STEM Center includes the Rockwell Automation-sponsored FIRST® Robotics development zone. Created with a $350,000 contribution, this space features a 1,500-square-foot playing field area where teams have ample room to test their designs and practice for competitions. 

“As part of our promise to expand human possibility, we invest in the students in our communities who will be the future makers, builders, and innovators,” said Patricia Contreras, Rockwell’s vice president, Public Affairs. “Our commitment to address both the opportunity and belief gaps for underrepresented students starts with our financial investments amplified by employee mentorship. We know this partnership with MSOE will empower and inspire students to make the impossible possible.”

The We Energies STEM Center at MSOE opened in fall 2020 and has been offering in-person and virtual STEM programs throughout the pandemic. Overall, since 2017, MSOE’s STEM programming has reached more than 15,000 students from 150 K-12 schools.

students working on robots

“The We Energies STEM Center at MSOE is a game changer,” said Dr. John Walz, MSOE president. “We are grateful to have the support of We Energies, Rockwell Automation, American Family, and Northwestern Mutual, among others.”

Learn more about Rockwell’s STEM education efforts to prepare the workforce of tomorrow.

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Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 25,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing the Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit

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