Polaris engineer revs up learning at Stillwater Middle School

December 01, 2017

Students at Stillwater Middle School got an insider look into the making of the Polaris Slingshot. James Holroyd, the the man behind the futuristic-looking three wheel motorcycle, talked to students about the process that went into designing the open-air roadster.

Holroyd also talked about his education, career path and what it takes to be a senior staff engineer. Students were surprised to learn that his high-tech job involves a lot of skills that aren’t necessarily science-based.

“I spend most of my time in meetings,” said Holroyd. “Ninety-five percent of what I do involves communications, thinking skills and easy math - arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry.”

Holroyd encouraged students to always be curious and not get discouraged by setbacks. He told them to figure out what gets them up in the morning and to find a way to do that and get paid for it.

Stillwater Middle School teacher Scott Sirek said Holroyd is the first speaker to participate in the school’s Science in Action initiative.

“The series is designed to bring content-specific professionals from higher education and industry into SMS to rub shoulders with students,” said Sirek. “We want to offer them a glimpse of possible career paths and concrete examples of current learning applied the in the real world.”

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