Mentoring the next generation of STEM leaders to solve inclusive mobility challenges

– Students proposed creative mobility solutions for older populations

– Otis volunteer mentors inspired the next generation of innovators in 14 countries and territories

TAIPEI, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Students at YongChun Senior High School thought of their relatives in the south Taiwan who face age-related physical challenges and obtain drinking water from the local water station as they devised a plan for a smart water delivery truck.

This empathy-based design was part of the second annual Made to Move Communities™ challenge sponsored by Otis Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: OTIS), the world leader in the manufacture, installation and maintenance of elevators and escalators.

Students from 20 schools in 14 countries and territories took part in the program, which this year focused on removing barriers to mobility for the rapidly growing population over 60. They were assisted by Otis volunteer mentors to develop innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) solutions to real-world mobility challenges in their communities.

At YongChun Senior High School, 14 students in grades 10 and 11 took part in the challenge.

“We are grateful for all the support we have received from the Otis volunteer team over the past few months. You spent a lot of time guiding the students. For example with brainstorming, presentation preparation and rehearsal and the final presentation in English. This is a great opportunity for our students to show their talents in such an international competition,” said Ms. Chang Yun Fen, Principal of YongChun Senior High School.

“We really appreciate that Otis offered our students the opportunity to engage with real-world challenges and demonstrate problem-solving using design thinking processes. We are beyond impressed to see our students show how they give their teammates more empathy and hands-on support throughout the program,” said Ching Liang TsengDirector of 3A Technology Promotion Center of Ministry of Education of Taipei Municipal Government.

“Otis has always been committed to investing in our communities, and we are excited to bring the Made to Move Communities global CSR program to Yongchun Senior High School students in the Industry 4.0 era and help them get involved to become familiar with STEM topics,” he says Ian Lau, General Manager of Otis Taiwan. “Thank you to our volunteer staff who are mentoring and nurturing the next generation of innovators on the Made To Move Communities journey.”

Students around the world proposed concepts ranging from connected wheelchairs to smart escalators and a connected emergency call device that can also help manage prescriptions, reduce and streamline paperwork related to health care, and support the use of public transport .

Student teams worked with Otis mentors for eight weeks to create STEM-based solutions that make it easier, safer, more efficient and equitable for older populations to move within their communities. In virtual meetings, the teams presented their ideas to a panel of regional Otis leaders, who carefully evaluated the presentations.

“I’m so proud of the students and our Otis Mentors this year as they continue to create and advance real-world STEM solutions for a critical segment of our population,” said Otis Chair, CEO and President Judy marks. “The passion and creativity of these students demonstrate the promise that exists in local communities around the world to address tomorrow’s challenges, today.”

About Otis

Otis gives people the freedom to connect and thrive in a bigger, faster and smarter world. As a global leader in the manufacture, installation and maintenance of elevators and escalators, we move 2 billion people every day and service more than 2.1 million customer units worldwide – the largest service portfolio in the industry. You’ll find us in the world’s most iconic buildings, as well as in residential and commercial buildings, transportation hubs and anywhere people move. headquarters in Connecticut, United States, Otis employs 70,000 people, including 41,000 field representatives, all dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of our customers and passengers in more than 200 countries and territories. To learn more, visit www.otis.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @OtisElevatorCo.

SOURCE Otis Taiwan

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