Middle 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 Summer Camp in KY

STEM summer 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.

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!

Awesome Inc U Youth Programming Courses

Learning to code is difficult, but so is learning salsa dancing or playing the guitar. Consistent practice, week after week, is how you become a great programmer. Our semester-long programs build upon basic skills learned in introductory classes like the Hour of Code and reinforce that new knowledge with hands-on experience. We have courses for students age 9+, from our Coding Club (age 9-12), to Coding League (age 11-14), and the Academy (age 13-17).

AWT Junior Bots

2017’s battle will boast 28 teams.

Thanks to our grant and support from the Lake County ESC, teams in Lake & Geauga can participate for free. Some schools use Junior Bots application to determine who will qualify for the Junior Bots Team.

Students take Meeting Minutes and complete a SWOT Analysis of their bot.

For more information, contact us at awt@thinkmfg.com.

LexPlay | A Lexington Games Convention

LexPlay is the largest game convention in Central Kentucky. We want to make this event for modern gamers specifically, bringing together eSports, video games, tabletop games, retro gaming and installations. Want to see competitive Street Fighter played live? Ever wanted to get together a 16 person game of Johann Sebastian Joust? 30 person games of Werewolf? This is the place to do it.

We have 22,000 sq ft of gaming for all generations and unique experiences you just won't find anywhere else. LexPlay returns October 21-22, 2017.

Host or Attend a Career Fair

Learn about the career options in your area. You might be surprised about all of the opportunities that are available! Manufacturing and STEM-related jobs make up a huge percentage of jobs in the MakerMinded states. Interact with employers, gain some interview tips, build up your resume, and find out what it takes to get involved in the field.