June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.107.1 - 24.107.8
The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), the National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence for Manufacturing Education used the National Manufacturing Day initiative to stage a statewide outreach initiative on MFG DAY 2013 on October 4. This paper will outline the strategies FLATE used to get a number of different stakeholder groups to partner with each other regionally to support the “MFG DAY in Florida “Made in Florida” Industry tours for middle and high school students. Working with regional teams across the state, FLATE coordinate over 90 tours for nearly 2400 students. The MFG DAY in Florida had companies providing lunches for students; county commissioners making local MFG DAY proclamations; professional organizations donating for commemorative tee-‐shirts, school districts donating bus transportation, and FLATE distributing resources and surveys for students attending the tours. The day brought national attention to manufacturing in Florida, showcasing its diversity and its broad reach. This paper and presentation will report how the activities were coordinated; lesson learned for the future; and share the results of student surveys.
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