VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Valhalla High School students were introduced to hands-on science at the local PepsiCo campus, learning about a variety of careers based in the STEM fields.
Approximately 55 juniors and seniors attended the second annual Career Accelerator Day on Oct. 22. The day’s main goal was to give the students practical and tangible experiences dealing with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The students were divided into groups and toured the building.
In the Culinary Creations room, students learned about food science. With three PepsiCo leaders, they discussed recipe creation, beverage samples, mixology, product development, consumer research and marketing.
The teenagers also visited the Smart Equipment room where they learned about the Spire, a sleek and technology-friendly soda dispenser that allows for ultimate personalization. With the design award-winning machine, users are able to mix different drinks together and customize their beverage with flavor shots. The PepsiCo leaders also spoke about its interior mechanics and data analysis.
Throughout the day, the students also toured the Sensory Laboratory and the Flavor Creation Laboratory, as well as rooms specific to product development and merchandising.