High School

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.

Attend a STEM Camp in KY

STEM camps provide students the opportunity to continue their learning outside of the classroom. It is important for students to stay engaged in learning throughout the year. There are many camps offered for middle and high school students across the state of Kentucky throughout the summer and during breaks throughout the school year.

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).

Tennessee Valley Robo Rodeo

Join us for Tennessee’s first FRC Off-Season event – Robo-Rodeo! The Tennessee Valley Fair is proud to host this inaugural event, September 15th-17th, 2017.
Robo-Rodeo is the first official FIRST off-season competition in the state of Tennessee! What is FIRST? FIRST is an international high-school robotics competition. Teams across the Southeast will compete in this thrilling, high tech event where spectators will watch teams’ robots complete various tasks and obstacle courses. Free with fair admission.

Lexus Eco Challenge

The Lexus Eco Challenge, designed by Lexus and Scholastic, is a nationwide education program and contest about the environment that empowers teens to create a better world.


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