Fifth graders tour Watervliet sandpaper manufacturer
June 14, 2012
Fifth graders at Watervliet Elementary School Tuesday, June 12, got the opportunity to see how the science they learn in the classroom connects with the workplace.
The students have
recently been studying motion and design, constructing miniature
vehicles and redesigning them based on the results of trial runs.
Engineers at the Research and Development Division of the nearby Saint Gobain Coated Abrasives plant undertake a similar testing and redesign process when developing sandpaper and other abrasives for several high-tech industries.
Located right next door
to the school, the Watervliet plant – once the Norton Company – is part
of a French conglomerate. The Watervliet facility produces abrasives for
jet engine manufacturing, automotive use, furniture and more.