On Manufacturing Day℠ 2016, Paragon Technologies invited 35 students from Centerline High School to participate in hands-on, interactive tours of their Warren, Michigan facility. Paragon partnered with Macomb County Economic Development Committee, the Macomb County School Superintendents, and educators with a goal to engage 2,000 local students by opening the doors to manufacturing facilities in Macomb County. According...

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This year at the STEM Forward’s 64th Annual Engineers Week Banquet & Awards Ceremony, Caterpillar was recognized for its involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. According to the press release, the Spirit of STEM award was created in 2012 and recognizes organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to advancing STEM education and talent development in...

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Spencer Tiegs, NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner
Spencer Tiegs of Waukesha, Wisconsin has been named the first winner of the NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship, a new scholarship program that launched with the 2016-17 school year. Spencer just graduated from Waukesha West High School. During his senior year, he took PLC classes at Waukesha County Technical College, and has held an internship at a local...

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May 12th marked the 3rd Annual Career Exploration Day that FORCE America helped sponsor at Northfield Middle School in Northfield, Minnesota. More than 30 local businesses and six colleges were in attendance, showcasing their expanded career options in the technical trades industries that don’t necessarily require a four-year college degree. There were about 600 middle...

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When the workforce team traveled to Houston for the FIRST® Robotics Competition, we encountered many teams with creative branding and marketing ideas. One that stood out was the unique spin on “Flat Stanley,” a children’s book character who later turned into a fun pen-pal activity for children, involving sending “flat” characters through the mail and...

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Manufacturing Day℠ (MFG Day) is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. MFG Day occurs each year on the first Friday, making the official 2017 date October 6. Individual events happen across the country year round and reach thousands of students and members of the general public each year. “Projections...

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Parker Hannifin Corporation sponsored and provided judges for a Fluid Power Action Challenge in Ohio. Twenty-three students from Chagrin Falls and Kenston Middle Schools participated in the event in which they designed and built their own pneumatic lifter and rotational device. According to a representative from Chagrin Falls Middle School, the event was very beneficial for the...

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FORCE America teamed up with Alexandria Technical and Community College again this year to sponsor a Fluid Power Action Challenge. In addition to the Challenge, the company hosted a tour of their facility for attending teachers. This year’s event was a sizeable one. Together with mechatronics department at Alex Tech, FORCE provided judges for the 12...

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This spring, Husco sponsored and provided judges for a Fluid Power Action Challenge hosted at Waukesha STEM Academy. Current Action Challenge organizers Matt and James from Waukesha STEM Academy participated in the Challenge held at MSOE for a few years. They realized they had the space in their gymnasium and connected with Husco to start their...

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In their third annual Fluid Power Action Challenge, Master Pneumatic and Macomb Community College hosted 108 sixth-grade students on 28 teams from Warren Consolidated School District’s Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center [(MS)2TC]. The center is a half-day honors program for students. These sixth graders made quite the impression, and Macomb Daily featured them in...

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