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Injecting Creativity into STEM via STEAM

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There’s no doubt STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) is an important subject and one with the potential to mend the ongoing skills gap happening within the manufacturing industry. To date, it’s been thought the key to spreading the word is through continuing exposure to STEM-related classes at an early age and presenting STEM material in a way that makes learning fun.

Elevating STEM

A newer development in the STEM movement is STEAM, providing the addition of creativity to traditional STEM with a dose of the arts. STEAM projects help students to not only think analytically but also inventively. The addition of arts to traditional science, math, engineering and technology is a way to keep the learning fun and encourage brainstorming on another level. Another benefit of STEAM is the addition of a tactile element to traditional STEM exploration. For example, this could include activities such as building a circuit that lights up a tiny LED light or activating a volcano explosion through the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar, a perennial favorite.

Looking Beyond Schools

Since the discussion of STEM first came to the forefront, educators, legislators and business leaders have looked to the traditional school setting to build momentum for STEM from an early age. While STEM education is often covered in some form in elementary, middle and high school, another educational resource is stepping to the forefront. The public library, once solely thought of as a repository of books, is becoming a beloved scene for STEAM projects and Maker activities. With a growing number of public libraries offering Maker projects and activities, the library is a natural setting to make traditional learning more fun. In addition to reading about a subject, the STEAM element provides a hands-on, tactile approach to help the learning “stick.” This might include a theme about railroads and bridges where children have the opportunity to build structures out of toothpicks or pieces of dried pasta.

Learning for a Lifetime

These new approaches have the ability to take learning to a new level and make it fun and memorable. It is also a way to encourage exploration and problem solving for a lifetime of learning. This level of curiosity is something offering the ability to elevate traditional STEM work into something that could change the industry in the future through creative thought and innovation.

About CDMC

If you’re in need of a reliable deburring solution, talk to the deburring experts at The Cleveland Deburring Machine Company. We can provide a deburring solution for gears, sprockets, aerospace and defense, power transmission, powdered metals, fluid power and custom deburring applications. Our no-charge application evaluation includes a detailed report and process description in as little as 3 to 5 business days. Contact CDMC today for a deburring machine that’s right for you.

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Manufacturing Day Improves Public Perception of the Industry

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When push comes to shove, most of us would choose to link ourselves with a winning initiative. This is true from a very young age when we carefully chose teams in gym class or on the courts or fields after school. The same is true of the work and careers we pursue. For too long the manufacturing industry has found itself unable to completely break from the old perceptions of the work being dirty and less lucrative when compared with other industries.

Evolution in Progress

Manufacturing is analyzing the best ways to improve the public’s perception of the industry. National Manufacturing Day, celebrated Friday, Oct. 7, and continuing throughout the month has a priority of improving perceptions of manufacturing with students and educators. Last year’s Deloitte Perception Survey found that 94 percent of National Manufacturing Day event hosts found value in participating in the national event with 95 percent planning to participate again.

Student Perceptions

90% found National Manufacturing Day tours engaging and interesting

84% cited greater awareness of manufacturing jobs in their community

81% left convinced manufacturing careers are rewarding and interesting

62% felt more motivated to pursue a manufacturing career

Outside Influences

While students remain a key group of influencers for the industry, perhaps even more important is demonstrating the positives to parents and educators. The importance of working with this group cannot be overstated. This is true because these individuals are more likely to remember the struggles encountered by the industry and as a result may not be comfortable with its promotion without ample facts and reasons.

Educator Perceptions

93% left more convinced manufacturing can provide interesting and rewarding careers

91% found the activities and tours interesting and engaging

88% felt more aware of manufacturing jobs in the community

Next Steps

With continuing initiatives such as National Manufacturing Month, the industry has a platform in which to share how change is inevitable and in the manufacturing industry, that is the sign of good things to come.

About CDMC

Located in northeast Ohio, Cleveland Deburring Machine Company (CDMC) is dedicated to providing deburring solutions for gears, sprockets, aerospace and defense, power transmission, powdered metals deburring, fluid power and custom deburring solutions. CDMC’s no-charge application evaluation includes a detailed report and process description in as little as 3 to 5 business days. Contact CDMC today for a deburring machine that’s right for you.

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Increasing Manufacturing’s Impact on Ohio

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October marks the beginning of the fourth quarter. After a third quarter that might be easily summed up as so-so, now is the time when many companies see the beginning of a buildup designed to push through to 2017. A collective fourth quarter rev in the industry engine could be just the thing to break the third quarter’s lackluster results that were marked by slow hiring, low consumer sentiment and lagging automobile sales.

In the state of Ohio, the third quarter had its own positives with the creation of an Asset Map of Manufacturing Opportunities. Leading the charge for intensifying additive manufacturing in Northeast Ohio were additive manufacturing proponents MAGNET, Team NEO, America Makes and the Youngstown Business Incubator.

Setting the Stage

The groundwork provided by the Asset Map group provides for planning structure, networking-to-market participants, engagement, and marketing and technical help. Through the use of voice-of-the-customer interviews, the group looks for ways to i.d. current and future opportunities to implement additive manufacturing in the state. These steps echo some of the plans for industry re-engagement the Presidential hopefuls continue to voice while campaigning in key manufacturing states. With a workforce of 273,000 within Ohio, recognizing parallel initiatives could be one way to gain federal backing for projects as well as work collectively to move the overall initiative forward at a faster pace.

Eliminating Red-Tape Snarls

Too many times in an election season, once the cameras stop rolling, campaign promises are quickly forgotten. Having initiatives with ways to fill the gaps in the value chain of in-region companies and original equipment manufacturers already in place could be the critical momentum needed to keep growing the project. Without steady action and dedicated individuals looking out for the needs of Northeast Ohio manufacturing, campaign rhetoric about boosting manufacturing in the state could become just another forgotten promise. Now is the time for manufacturers to look for ways to continue to collaborate and build on the reinvention of the manufacturing industry at large.

Collaborative Solutions

The Cleveland Deburring Machine Company can provide for a deburring solution for gears, sprockets, aerospace and defense, power transmission, powdered metals, fluid power and custom deburring applications. Our no-charge evaluation includes a detailed report and process description in as little as 3 to 5 business days. Contact CDMC today for a deburring machine that’s right for you.

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