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Made In Florida: A Stem Career Outreach Campaign

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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11.906.1 - 11.906.5



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Marilyn Barger University of South Florida

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MARILYN BARGER is the Executive Director of FL-ATE, the Florida Regional Center for Manufacturing Education housed at Hillsborough Community College. 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 from the University of South Florida. She has over 15 years of experience in developing curriculum in engineering and engineering technology and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida.

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Eric Roe Hillsborough Community College

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ERIC A. ROE is the Director of FL-ATE, an NSF Regional Center of Excellence in Manufacturing Education. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida (USF). During his time at USF, he has researched fluidized bed drying, been a consultant to the Citrus Industry, worked on Florida Department of Citrus research projects, and the High School Technology Initiative - funded by NSF. Prior to USF, he was employed as a technologist in Research and Development at Tropicana Products, Inc. with process and product development responsibilities. His research interests are food engineering, fluidized bed drying, and the integration of engineering and education.

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Richard Gilbert University of South Florida

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RICHARD GILBERT is a professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida. He has developed educational materials for ISA (Instrument Society of America), AVS (American Vacuum Society) Science Educator’s Workshop, and the National Science Foundation through a grant to develop high school science and math curriculum content. He is currently working with D. L. Jamerson Elementary School to develop curriculum content for its Center for Math and Engineering.

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Bradley Jenkins St. Petersburg College

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BRADLEY JENKINS, is the Director of the Engineering Technology program at St. Petersburg College. He has developed engineering technology related curriculum and course content for the last twenty years and is the director of the Engineering Technology Form for the State of Florida. He holds a B.S. Degree in Engineering Technology from the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida and is a Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF-ATE regional center for manufacturing education in Florida, FL-ATE.

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Andrew Hoff University of South Florida

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Made in Florida: a Dynamic STEM Career Outreach Campaign

Marilyn Barger and Eric Roe, Bradley Jenkins, Richard Gilbert

Hillsborough Community College/ St. Petersburg College/ Univ. of South Florida

Introduction FL-ATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Regional Center for Manufacturing Education) was created in 2004 through a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant. The center is one of 32 Centers for Excellence in the United States focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education to meet the technician workforce needs of American advanced-technology industries. One aspect of this mission for all the NSF ATE Centers including FL-ATE is recruiting students into technology career pathways. FL-ATE is housed at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida and serves the entire state’s manufacturing and related technologies education programs. The center has many ongoing outreach activities, which include: 1) promotion of technologically oriented manufacturing careers to middle and secondary school students, 2) professional development of teachers throughout the K-12 educational system, and 3) review and reform of the State’s Community College manufacturing education programs. This paper and poster will detail how and what FL-ATE’s outreach activities including production and distribution of a recruitment video, tours for students and teachers of local manufacturing facilities, development and distribution of virtual tours, manufacturing challenge lessons, and teacher and faculty workshops.

Manufacturing Facility Tours [“Made in Florida” Tours] FL-ATE employs two outreach managers (one full time and one part-time) who network in the local communities with manufacturers, professional organizations, and all levels of educational organizations. In 2005, a partnership with the economic development organization, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC), and Regional Manufacturers Associations (RMA’s) provide the financial resources to help FL-ATE to take 694 students and 32 teachers throughout a 21 county region in central Florida on tours of manufacturing industries in their communities. The FHTCC through the RMA’s provides the funds for bus transportation and substitute teachers if needed. The RMA’s strongly promote manufacturing outreach and help to mobilize support for the tours with their membership. FL-ATE coordinates the tours and develops the educational support materials for students and teachers. The FL-ATE outreach managers identify the schools and specific class or classes, works with the teachers who will go on the tour. They also work directly with the industry partners to be sure the tour is a meaningful experience and contains several essential components. Each tour provides an overview of Florida Manufacturing careers, a prelude of the facility and its product(s) and a focus on a particular technology that is integral to the particular site. The company host must also provide access to employees at various levels in the organization who can talk to the students about working in the manufacturing industry. The FL-ATE outreach managers also organize the transportation, personally pick up the students and escort them to and during the tour site with the teachers and/or counselors. The outreach managers also follow up with separate surveys for the companies, teachers and students for feedback and continuous improvement. FL-ATE began its second year of tours in January 2006 with

Barger, M., & Roe, E., & Gilbert, R., & Jenkins, B., & Hoff, A. (2006, June), Made In Florida: A Stem Career Outreach Campaign Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--517

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