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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).

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.

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.

LearningBlade MakerQuest

For schools with 3D printers, these projects combine concepts from the Learning Blade missions with ready-to-print 3D model files. The printed objects are used for experiments or projects that demonstrate the STEM principles from the missions. Students can also modify the models themselves using free, online 3D modeling software.