Higher Education


The Electrical Connection partners on STEM and robotics initiatives with the University of Missouri system and Saint Louis University.


An August 10, 2012 groundbreaking launched Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) into an international solar house collegiate competition with significant support from the Electrical Connection and the highly skilled electricians and electrical contractors it represents. Just weeks earlier, the school’s team of instructors and students toured the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis to engage its professional staff in the best approach to their project.

“Our team is tasked with coming up with the best strategies for engineering, energy efficiency and adaptable living,” noted Emily Vandivert, project manager for the solar house team and a senior from Maryville, Mo. “We’re delighted with the Electrical Connection’s support and will be tapping into the expertise of its members to help us achieve our goal.” Armed with IBEW/NECA guidance and a sponsorship from the Electrical Connection, the 60-student Missouri S & T solar house team entered the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2013.

The Electrical Connection has supported the University of Missouri system in other ways, including providing pre-game entertainment at Missouri Tiger football games for families with a focus on energy education.

Meanwhile, the Electrical Connection has partnered with Saint Louis University and MO S&T, among others, founding members of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter.

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