Learning Blade Online Missions

Learning Blade uses online “missions” highlighting an engaging societal problem that expose students to a wide range of high-demand STEM careers. This provides a framework for opening the learning discussion around the need to master STEM technologies and skills in order to solve the stated problem. The 12 missions in Learning Blade follow a format where students learn about 100 STEM careers and technologies while completing short lessons that demonstrate how fundamental academic skills are used in industry.

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:

Be a Maker

Think of a problem you can solve around your home or school by redesigning a product or process. (For more inspiration, ask a friend or family member about a problem or proces that needs solving.) Brainstorm on how you can solve the problem. Gather materials to aid you in solving the problem or making a difference in a process. Create/design your product.

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).

Ficosa Tour

Our team’s mission is to innovate, develop, manufacture, and create advanced technology solutions to improve safety, efficiency, and connectivity. Our vision is to create a safer and more sustainable future with the values that convey the essence of our company. Our brand new facility opened October 2016 in Cookeville, Tennessee manufacturing mirrors and has over 600 employees that work in the areas of Die Casting, Injection Molding, Assembly, Lighting, Logistics, Paint, Maintenance and Tooling.

Greenfield Products Tour

We are a leading manufacturer of Custom Fork Truck Mounted Attachments such as Masts, Carriages, Steel Handling Attachments, Concrete Carriages, and Pipe Handling Carriages. We also custom manufacture Intermodal attachments such as Container Handling Spreaders, Container Chassis Shipping Units, Container Chassis Rotators, and Bomb Carts for the Container Handling Industry. Quality, through superior knowledge and professional experience, is the basic premise Greenfield Products, LLC. was built upon.

Whirlpool Tour

Whirlpool Corporation is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 97,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2015. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.