360 awards over $137,000 to partner institutions for K-12 outreach

360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence is pleased to announce it awarded over $137,000 to its partner colleges for 19 different events designed to cultivate youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and introduce them to related careers in advanced manufacturing.

These events will take place March through October 2014. Each event gives students a chance to develop and learn how their skills in STEM can lead to career opportunities. These include career expos and summer camps where students have hands-on experience with robotics, mechanical design software, welding, and more. In many cases, industry members are part of planning the events, and students have the chance to interact with manufacturers at the events and through tours. A robotics workshop for adults and welding instruction for secondary teachers will also be held in northern Minnesota.

“Minnesota’s advanced manufacturing industry needs future workers who have interest in and knowledge of STEM subjects,” says Karen White, executive director of 360. “These events expose students, teachers and parents to career opportunities in a well-paying, high-tech industry–manufacturing.”

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, manufacturing is the third largest industry in the state, providing over 290,000 career opportunities.