NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than 150 students from the John Overton High School Academy of Engineering recently gathered at Nissan Stadium for an educational engineering and technical program provided by LP Building Products, Metro Water Services and the Titans.
LP and the Titans have had a long-standing partnership for over twelve years and have worked jointly since 2012 to provide a significant experience for high school students potentially interested in engineering and technical careers to tour and experience Nissan Stadium's engineering design as well as its wonder.
"We are giving the students a tour and talking about how the stadium is built and what goes on inside the stadium," said Walter Overton, general manager of Nissan Stadium.
"It's important because we bring real world relevance to their studies," said Dave Crowe, vice president, corporate engineering at LP Building Products. "The teachers can teach them academics and we show them how to apply their academics and we do it in a way that triggers their minds, their imaginations and builds an interest about what they might want to do for a career."
LP is a strong supporter of the Academies of Nashville and actively participates on two high school Academy Boards, participates at the district level Partnership Council and is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Champions advocating for high school academies.
"It's very exciting for these kids to be able to walk out of the locker room, down the ramp and run onto the field - it's absolutely incredible!" said John Marshall, engineering faculty at John Overton High School. "When they have a business partner that invites them into their business to be able to see what's going on, the kids are able to understand. When Dave is explaining it and they are able to make the context, then a lot of times there is this "ah-ha" moment that goes off in their eyes and it's so much fun to watch them when they are understanding. '
John Overton H.S. Academy of Engineering students gather at Nissan Stadium for educational engineering and technical program provided by LP Building Products, Metro Water Services and the Titans. (Photos: Lynne McCracken).
"What a great opportunity for these students from Overton High School to get a 'behind-the-scenes' look at Nissan Stadium," said Titans Director of Marketing, Brad McClanahan. "Many of them are interested in what it takes to run a facility like this and we are happy to partner with LP to give them exclusive access to where they can be immersed in a first-class NFL Stadium for an afternoon."
"Our community interests are very aligned, it's been a real pleasure working with the Titans organization," said Crowe .
In additional to educational stadium tours, the students enjoyed snacks during their breaks, pizza for lunch and Titans giveaways.
About LP Building Products
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality engineered wood building materials, including OSB, structural framing products, and exterior siding for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. From manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Chile and Brazil, LP products are sold to builders and homeowners through building materials distributors and dealers and retail home centers. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX. For more information, visit LPCorp.com.