Community Impact Report, Issue 2, 2022

Fluor Challenge Leads EWeek Outreach to Students Around the World

Celebrating National Engineers Week (EWeek) by inspiring the next generation of engineers is a Fluor tradition. This year, more than 160 volunteers donated over 2,000 hours to engage nearly 2,000 students from elementary to high school with 39 local organizations around the world. Much of this student outreach was centered on the Fluor Challenge, administered globally in partnership with Science Buddies. Over 11,000 students from 26 countries submitted entries for the 2022 Fluor Challenge. This year’s challenge was to create a ball run made entirely out of paper and tape with the goal of reaching the longest travel time.

The Fluor Challenge for students is based on Fluor’s employee-powered Friendly Competition, adjusted to match age-appropriate skills and standards-based curriculum for students. The winning Friendly Competition team helps to set the parameters for the student competition. The 2022 Fluor Engineering Challenge was guided by the 2021 winning team from Fluor’s Houston office.

"We were impressed to see the range of designs that students, ages 6 to 18, came up with," said the Science Buddies team. "Some student teams built twisty paths, others opted for elements that added friction or flippers to pass through and others tried out long, gently sloping runs. There were some truly innovative designs, including an awesome use of a pulley system to bring the ping-pong ball up to the top and double the run time."

All eligible team entries were entered into a random drawing, based on their geographic location, to win one of ten US$1,000 prizes for their school from the Fluor Foundation.

See details and check out the winning student entries as well as an interview with Fluor’s own Friendly Competition winners.

Photo of Fluor Cares volunteers guiding students at Beck Academy in Greenville, SC.Fluor Cares volunteers guide students at Beck Academy in Greenville, South Carolina, as part of Fluor's EWeek outreach.

Q1 YTD 2022 by the Numbers

  • 90,250 individuals receiving STEM instruction (towards 2022 goal of 125,000)
  • 27,295 meals provided (towards 2022 goal of 300,000)
  • 1,653 tons of litter removed (towards 2022 goal of 1,600)
  • 3,003 individuals receiving job and leadership training (towards 2022 goal of 4,000)

Fluor's Southern California Office Launches Wine Tasting with a Twist on Fluor Cares

Fluor's office in Aliso Viejo, California, got creative to encourage year-round employee giving opportunities through the Fluor Cares platform. Not knowing what social distancing measures 2022 might bring, the Fluor Cares committee and Emerging Leaders Group teamed up to design a great way to engage employees virtually through a wine tasting class.

Tasting for a Cause is a quarterly celebration that allows employees to engage with each other from the comfort of their homes. Everyone who signs up through Fluor Cares receives a tasting box of several wines delivered to their doorstep. A professional sommelier leads the group through a tasting of each selection virtually.

Each event raises funds for a different nonprofit. The first event benefitted Canine Companions for Independence, a Southern California-based nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipient. The second quarter tasting class, featuring sake glasses and plum wine, will benefit the Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center in Santa Rosa, California.

Photo of Fluor employee and dog enjoying a virtual wine tasting to benefit Canine Companions for IndependenceA Fluor employee and his fuzzy friend enjoy a virtual wine tasting to benefit Canine Companions for Independence.

Fluor Cares in Action

Phooto of food baskets

Fluor's office in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, celebrated Ramadan by helping those in need. The Fluor Cares team prepared 150 food baskets to distribute through three different social service charities. Each basket contained basic food items to feed four people.

Photo of book cover

Fluor's office in the Philippines signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Muntinlupa Science High School for Fostering and Learning for Utmost and Optimum Result, a tutoring opportunity between Fluor members and the students of Muntinlupa Science High School. As part of the event, Fluor donated 450 engineering books published through the Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development. The book profiles real-world engineers to showcase the variety of engineering career opportunities.

Group photo of robotics event participants in a gym

Fluor's Greenville office is a long-time supporter of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) SC Robotics. Recently, eight volunteers donated more than 65 hours to help judge and referee a regional FIRST Lego Robotics tournament where top teams advanced to the state championship. Thanks to Fluor, more than 170 students received almost 1,400 hours of STEM instruction.