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MakerMinded is creating the next generation of manufacturing leaders by saturating today's learning infrastructure with a manufacturing mindset and bridging the gap between activities and programs that engage and educate youth and the students who can take advantage of them. It does this through a digital platform that connects students and schools to market-leading STEM and manufacturing learning experiences.
Over the next decade, it is projected that nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be open and available, just when today's K-12 students are entering the workforce. However, it is also projected that about 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled. This 'skills gap' can partly be attributed to students' negative image of the manufacturing industry and their lack of STEM skills, which are essential for the growing jobs in advanced manufacturing.
Changing Mindsets and Empowering Students to Take Action
MakerMinded embeds in schools proven interventions and strategies specifically where the STEM workforce pipeline begins to break - during the formative years of middle and high school - when students are making decisions about further education and careers. While there are over 1200 STEM initiatives across the country focused on engaging and educating the next generation workforce, many schools, students, and parents lack awareness and access to the right program, and students miss out on critical opportunities to engage in STEM learning early.
Studies have shown that students must be engaged and excited about STEM relat