BOISE, Idaho (Jan. 2, 2019) — LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a Detroit-based national manufacturing innovation institute, and the Idaho STEM Action Center
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“Idaho is pleased to provide teachers and students throughout our state with access to an innovative program like MakerMinded,” Idaho Gov. C.L. “
STEM Action Center executive director Dr. Angela Hemingway concurs. “Manufacturing is an important part of Idaho’s economy, with over 1,600 manufacturing firms employing 10.2 percent of the workforce,” she said. “The nearly 70,000 manufacturing employees in Idaho have an average annual compensation of $64,280.”
Idaho will become part of a national MakerMinded initiative that includes campaigns in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia, where LIFT works with local partners to onboard schools and activate students’ participation. To date, over 5,000 students and teachers from over 400 middle and high schools are active on the platform.
LIFT is a public-private partnership dedicated to developing and deploying advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies and implementing education and training programs to better prepare the workforce today and in the future.
“The innovative MakerMinded platform has proven successful in attracting students to the world of advanced manufacturers. LIFT is proud to be part of the movement to prepare the next generation of innovators and makers,” LIFT education and workforce development VP Emily DeRocco said. “The experiences MakerMinded provides help build the foundational technical and employability skills young students need as they prepare to enter a competitive career and adulthood.”
The program’s expansion into Idaho is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Defense Education Program to help fulfill the mission to attract, inspire, and develop exceptional STEM talent across the education continuum. Through exposure to cutting-edge education programs and activities, MakerMinded students can become the future workforce the nation needs to meet its most complex defense technological and manufacturing challenges.
“I’m excited to see MakerMinded come to Idaho,” John McFarlane, Idaho’s MakerMinded coordinator at the STEM Action Center, said. “Advanced manufacturing is a rapidly expanding sector in Idaho’s economy and this program will help students see employment possibilities they might not have considered otherwise.”
The Idaho MakerMinded goal is to sign up at least 50 schools and 1,000 users across the state by the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. Awards will be presented to the top performing schools for their engagement in May 2019.
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ABOUT LIFT — LIGHTWEIGHT INNOVATIONS FOR TOMORROW
LIFT is a Detroit-based, public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies and implementing education and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research.
ABOUT THE IDAHO STEM ACTION CENTER
The Idaho STEM Action Center was created in 2015 because Idaho citizens are not entering the STEM pipeline fast enough to meet current and future Idaho workforce needs. Its goals are to coordinate and facilitate implementation of STEM programs, align education and workforce needs, and increase awareness of STEM throughout Idaho. The organization is working with industry, government, educators, and students to develop new resources and support high-quality teacher professional-development opportunities to foster a STEM-educated workforce that ensures Idaho’s continued economic prosperity. Visit STEM.Idaho.gov for more information.
Jacey Cavanagh, MakerMinded, firstname.lastname@example.org, 610.637.2796
Joe Steele, LIFT, email@example.com, 313.309.9132
John McFarlane, Idaho STEM Action Center, makerminded@STEM.idaho.gov, 208.231.1466