The LIFT—Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow national manufacturing institute, along with Tennessee Tech University iCube, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers and the Foundation for Kentucky Industry, is proud to announce the winning schools of the 2016-2017 MakerMinded competition. Two schools in Kentucky were recognized for excellence in advanced manufacturing and STEM learning through their participation in MakerMinded, a new online STEM learning and competition platform.
“These students are our future leaders in advanced manufacturing,” said Lawrence E. Brown, executive director, LIFT. “Through MakerMinded, they are not only learning foundational STEM skills, but getting hands-on experience in great manufacturing careers in their communities.”
MakerMinded was launched midway through the 2016 school year in Kentucky to impassion students about advanced manufacturing and provide them with transformational learning experiences that set them on track towards 21st century manufacturing careers. The platform provides access to a diverse range of national and local STEM and advanced manufacturing programs, including manufacturing facility tours, gaming activities, project-based learning, and competitions.
“The first year impact of MakerMinded is powerful evidence of the magic that happens when you inspire young people,” said Emily DeRocco, LIFT’s Education and Workforce Director.” “In less than one year, over 280 students at over 50 schools across Kentucky completed over 280 STEM programs, gaining foundational technical and employability skills that will poise them for success in the high-tech manufacturing industry.” LIFT and its partners awarded the top two schools in Kentucky, which competed from February through May. These schools will receive Virtual Reality Learning Systems to give their students additional hands-on exposure to STEM and advanced manufacturing technology and careers.
Leading Kentucky Schools were celebrated at a special ceremony at the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Innovation Summit on June 1, 2017. These schools included:
Trigg County High School—Trigg County Public Schools (Cadiz, KY)
Turkey Foot Middle School—Kenton County Schools (Edgewood, KY)
On behalf of Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey gave out the awards to Kentucky’s winning schools on June 1. “I’m so proud of these students and am excited for their future,” said Lt. Gov. Hampton. “I’m confident their energy, passion, and knack for STEM will translate into talented employees as well as remarkable leaders.”