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2017-2018 MakerMinded Launch Event

For the launch of this year’s competition, MakerMinded is partnering with local companies to hold events throughout the first few months of school. These events are designed to spread the word about the new program and to get schools and industry partners connected and off to a good start for the current school year.

To find out more information about the event happening in your state, contact your State Program Manager!

#KYisMFG – 2017 Student Video Contest

Create a 30 second – 3 minute video about why manufacturing in Kentucky is so awesome! Work with your classmates & teacher, get a hold of a local manufacturer, and have fun with it!

The judges (members of the KY FAME Executive Committee) will be looking for the following in your video:

Research! Reflect! Retell!; An Advanced Manufacturing Company Report

In this activity, students will gain knowledge on modern day advanced manufacturing by researching an advanced manufacturing company. Students will answer the following questions provided below in essay form.

How to Participate:

VEX Robotics Competition

In the VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April!

Tour the DOE Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

The Department of Energy’s first Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, established at ORNL, helps industry adopt new manufacturing technologies to reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, lower production cost, and create new products and opportunities for high-paying jobs.

DENSO Tour (Maryville, Tennessee)

View advanced manufacturing up close by touring Denso, one of the world’s largest producers of car parts. Established in 1988, the Maryville company features four manufacturing plants producing starters, alternators, instrument clusters, electronics (includes engine, safety, and device products), and body electronics (focus on remote keyless entry, auto air conditioning control units, tire pressure monitoring systems and body control modules).

Bush's Beans Visitor Center

Discover where it all began in an idyllic place called Chestnut Hill, just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Our Visitor Center is located in the original A.J. Bush & Company General Store See the BUSH'S® Theater, featuring a short film which includes a welcome from Jay and Duke, an overview of the Bush family history and a glimpse of the modern methods of processing and canning beans. View a timeline of Bush Brothers & Company showing how the company changed with the times and reached customers, as well as the local community, throughout the years.

Connect with Regal Power Transmission Solutions

Ways that you can connect with Regal Power Transmission Solutions:
-Take a facility tour
-Invite guest speakers to your school
-Work at a summer job

If you would like to connect with Regal Power Transmission Solutions for any of the opportunities listed above, contact Nicole George (

What the company manufactures: Electric Motors, Mechanical and Electrical Motion Controls, and Power Generation Products

Connect with Dakkota Integrated Systems

Ways that you can connect with Dakkota Integrated Systems:
-Take a facility tour
-Invite guest speakers to your school
-Participate in mock interviews
-Get assistance with resume writing

If you would like to connect with Dakkota Integrated Systems for any of the opportunities listed above, contact Tina Lewis (502-376-9062 or

What the company manufactures: Assembly of bumpers & grilles and sequencing of various truck components

Learning Blade Advanced Manufacturing Missions

Learning Blade has two “Finley Favorite” Missions, which focus on introducing students to careers in advanced manufacturing.

Lightweight Aircraft and Manufacturing a Concept Car Missions focus on careers in advanced metal manufacturing and automotive design. Earn extra points for exploring these missions.