How Our Batesville Team Spreads the STEM Love

August 14th, 2019

Our commitment to giving back and supporting local communities comes to life every day through our Thrivers, whether we’re hosting environmental cleanups near our HQ in Los Angeles or donating healthy food to nonprofit groups around our fulfillment centers in Batesville, Ind., and Reno, Nev.

But it’s not every day that we get to invite community members into our facilities to show them a day in the life of Thrive Market—so we were excited to host a group of 18 eighth-graders at our Batesville fulfillment center in June as part of a three-day manufacturing camp.

STEM students in Batesville

Coordinated by a local nonprofit, the camp is designed to expose local students to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers and highlight opportunities in their own backyards that might interest them. Our Thrivers in Batesville were tasked with demonstrating real, everyday activities that take place in the fulfillment center and giving the students a sense of the type of work they do. The big hits among this group of middle schoolers? Getting to pick and pack product for member orders and watching the cardboard baler in action. (We get that—it’s exciting!)

STEM students in Batesville

Camp organizers gave Thrivers another challenge: Demonstrate how math is used in the workplace, so the students can see real-world applications of the theories they’re learning in class. So, as part of their experience, the 18 students tackled the quiz that’s given to applicants for jobs on our inventory team, which involves determining the number of boxes stacked on a pallet. Spoiler alert: They thought the quiz was fun! To cap off the day at the fulfillment center, each student got the chance to pack a box of Thrive Market products to take home.

As a company, we’re excited to bring our local communities behind the scenes at Thrive Market and inspire these next-generation Thrivers with our mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone.

This article is related to: Thrive Gives

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Holly ThomasHolly is the senior director of content & community at Thrive Market. She started her career as a Washington Post reporter before becoming a fashion editor at Refinery29. These days, she applies her lifestyle journalism chops to the world of healthy food and wellness trends.

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