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A Statewide Initiative for Manufacturing Day in Florida

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Program and Curriculum Design Initiatives

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24.107.1 - 24.107.8



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Marilyn Barger P.E. FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence)

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Dr. Marilyn Barger is the Principal Investigator and Executive Director of FLATE, the Florida Regional Center of Advanced Technological Education, funded by the National Science Foundation and housed at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida since 2004. FLATE serves the state of Florida as its region and is involved in outreach and recruitment of students into technical career pathway; has produced award winning curriculum design and reform for secondary and post-secondary Career and Technical Education programs; and provides a variety of professional development for STEM and technical educators focused on advanced technologies. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Agnes Scott College and both a B.S. in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of South Florida, where her research focused on membrane separation science and technologies for water purification. She has over 20 years of experience in developing curricula for engineering and engineering technology for elementary, middle, high school, and post secondary institutions, including colleges of engineering. Dr. Barger serves on several national panels and advisory boards for technical programs, curriculum and workforce initiatives, including the National Association of Manufacturers Educators‘Council. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Epsilon Pi Tau honor societies. She is a charter member of both the National Academy and the University of South Florida‘s Academy of Inventors. Dr. Barger holds a licensed patent and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Florida.

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Richard Gilbert University of South Florida

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Richard Gilbert is a Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida's College of Engineering . Richard is the Co-PI for the grant that supports the NSF designated Center of Excellence for Advanced Technological Education in Florida, FLATE. FLATE, now in its 10 year of operation, addresses curriculum, professional development, and outreach issues to support the creation of Florida's technical workforce. Richard has over 30 years of experience working with the K-14 education community. Other funded efforts include projects for the NIH and the US Department of Education. The latter was for the development of an engineering curriculum for elementary school applications. The former is for development of electric field mediated drug and gene applicators and protocols. This effort has generated over 20 patents and protocols currently in Phase II trials.

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Marie A. Boyette FLATE

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Dr. Marie Boyette is the Associate Director for the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence, FLATE, a NSF Center of Excellence located at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. Dr. Boyette’s research interests center around data structure and analysis for impact and implementation, and meaningful instructional outcomes for educators, traditional, and non-traditional students. Her practice includes development of experiential learning strategies employed in summer workshops for teachers and exploration of diversity through standard coursework.

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Deshjuana Bagley

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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.  

Barger, M., & Gilbert, R., & Boyette, M. A., & Bagley, D. (2014, June), A Statewide Initiative for Manufacturing Day in Florida Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19999

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