Sunday, September 7, 2014

Manufacturing Stories

The website's logo
In my last post (31 August) I wrote about the website Engineering Stories, which has both short stories and riddles to inspire young people to learn more about the S.T.E.M. fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

The website Manufacturing Stories has very different material, but a similar goal - that is, to inspire educators and students in areas of S.T.E.M.

The website:

From the About section:

"We are a social media company promoting manufacturing in US to families, educators and community leaders. Our mission is to be a cheerleader of sorts for manufacturing and all of the richness of innovation, social fabric and prosperity it offers America.

Our primary goal is to emphasize and strengthen the critical nexus between manufacturing and education primarily in K-12 CTE & STEM. To accomplish this goal we are building a searchable database of  pertinent information and resources. In addition we currently maintain active socail media platforms on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn."

The "searchable database of pertinent information and resources" includes "Today's News Stories" in 9 areas:
  • manufacturing
  • innovation
  • education
  • 3D printing
  • robotics
  • big data
  • social media
  • jobs & workforce
  • energy & sustainability
Even though the focus is on education and manufacturing in the United States, the resources available have an international focus. Each section has so many current articles that it will be easy to find topics and materials of interest to students in all areas of engineering.

As I now begin a new academic semester, I know I will be using this website often for resources. The material I choose and the ideas I develop with my students in the classroom will be focused on in various posts in the next few months.

Meanwhile, it's a good idea to check out this website for your own material.

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