Michigan-based Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow is bringing its MakerMinded program to Indiana. The organization is partnering with the Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center to launch the program, which it says will expand STEM education through a digital platform and student competition.
LIFT says the program aims to get students enthused about advanced manufacturing and equip them with the skills needed in the sector. It provides access to national and local STEM and advanced manufacturing programs, such as manufacturing facility tours, gaming activities and project-based learning.
"IN-MaC’s Education and Workforce Development team continues to shape the emergence of manufacturing workforce talent through accessible learning pathways," said Sascha Harrell, director of education workforce development for IN-MaC. "MakerMinded is another way to engage students in STEM activities and professional skills through exploration and skill development. Giving student the opportunity to learn through these hands-on experiences is critical to the exposure to future careers."
The program is already available in Detroit, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia. Its expansion into Indiana is due to a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Defense Education Program.
The goal for Indiana MakerMinded is to sign up 50 schools and 1,000 users throughout the state by the end of the current academic year. You can find more information on the program by clicking here.