June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.688.1 - 23.688.10
Since 2005, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (FLATE) has conducted over 160 tours to more than 50 different Florida manufacturing sites, introducing around 3,500 middle and high school students and 300 educators to the world of modern manufacturing. We have surveyed most of the students after the tours to find out what the students saw from their own points of views. We have also surveyed the industry hosts. One of our goals has been to provide students with contact with real STEM workplaces, especially those in manufacturing. Modern manufacturing is a misunderstood industry sector that currently has a large number of unfilled technical and high paying positions that companies are finding difficult to fill across the country. The jobs are extremely varied, exciting, and challenging. Most, and increasing numbers of these jobs are in highly automated, high tech, and very clean facilities. The high tech jobs are high paying and now require some level of post secondary education from community college technical associate degrees to post baccalaureate degrees in all STEM disciplines. They offer wonderful careers and great lifestyles. This presentation will share our basic outline of how to organize an effective student tour and our feedback from these many students, industry hosts and educators as well as aggregated summary results of seven years of tours of manufacturing facilities. We will also share resources that have been created to try to help dispel some of the misconceptions about modern manufacturing. The feedback illustrates the importance of exposure to real world work environments and real people doing real jobs for the rising workforce.
Barger, M., & Gilbert, R., & Boyette, M. A. (2013, June), Impact of Student Tours of Manufacturing Facilities Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19702
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