Make It In Modern Manufacturing

Calling all creators, doers and makers. If your students are ready to solve some of the manufacturing industry's toughest challenges, see if they have what it takes to Make It In Modern Manufacturing. 

In celebration of

Manufacturing Day on October 1st, the STEM Careers Coalition, has created an engaging collection of brain teasers, career profiles, hands-on activities and more to spark your student’s imagination and help them see what modern manufacturing in America is all about!

Career Profiles

What kind of problems do you want to solve? Explore the profiles below of people just like you who are using the skills they learned in school to become the kind of problem solvers that make a difference. Make the connection from the classroom to careers.

Process Engineer

Elementary, Middle, and High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:25 min

Process Engineers are leadership-oriented professionals who combine business management skills with knowledge of multiple fields of science and mathematics, including Chemistry, Thermodynamics, and Physics. They design systems that help factories and plants maximize the efficient production of goods.

COVID-19 Solution Seeker

Supplier Quality Launch Leader, GM (ASME)

Grades K-12
Video Length
4:05 min

In light of widespread closures of manufacturing plants and parts suppliers due to the pandemic, Alex and his GM colleagues collaborated with an outside company to help produce ventilators, using their manufacturing skills for the greater good.

COVID-19 Solution Seeker

Maintenance Electrician, GAF

Grades K-12
Video Length
3:28 min

As an expert in “keeping the machine running” at a manufacturing plant, Tyler channeled his experience performing preventative maintenance checks to help stop the spread of COVID-19 with new safety precautions at his facility.

Maintenance Technician

Elementary, Middle, and High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
1:37 min

Maintenance technicians perform scheduled maintenance and repairs to ensure that machines and equipment at oil and gas production facilities are in safe, operating condition. They interpret data and use diagnostic tools to conduct tests of equipment.

Production Operators

Elementary, Middle, and High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
1:23 min

Production operators have sound mechanical knowledge and abilities and are able to work effectively with their hands. They understand how to use a variety of technology applications for measuring oil and gas output.

Equipment Operations

Elementary, Middle, and High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
2:21 min

Equipment operators have excellent hand-eye-foot coordination and mechanical skills for operating and performing maintenance on heavy and specialized equipment and vehicles. This equipment includes machines, such as bulldozers, backhoes, and excavators. 

Student Activities

Bring the joy of discovery to life from the comfort of home with a variety of exciting digital learning explorations that help students put STEM skills into action.

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

How can critical thinking help us solve complex problems?
High School: Grades 9-12
45–60 minute activity

In this sixth session, young people will explore a STEM challenge focused around manufacturing. As they collaborate to complete the challenge, they will apply the engineering design process to create prototypes of a new product and optimize their designs. 

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Package Redesign Thumbnail

Recycling

Package Redesign

How can food packaging be improved?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Reevaluate the everyday products you love by considering the effectiveness of their packaging, then explore your own improvements. 

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Precision Irrigation Design Challenge

Water

Precision Irrigation Design Challenge

Can you design a system that evenly distributes water among different cups?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Delve into the challenges of irrigation in agriculture, industry, and at home by designing an irrigation system from recycled household items.

Classroom Activities

Access the no-cost, standards-aligned classroom activities to support future career success for all students. Each activity features important STEM skills and a step-by-step guide for implementing activities into your classroom. Explore the resources today.

Farm to Table

Communities

Farm to Table

Do people realize how far food has to travel to get to their plate?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
45–60 minute activity

Students gain context on the role petroleum plays in food production, while focusing on the importance of fuel efficiency and sustainable infrastructure. They will assess how efficiency varies among freight transportation methods based on factors like speed, cost, and environmental impact.

Eco-Friendly Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Eco-Friendly Manufacturing

How can manufacturing help the world’s water scarcity problems?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will investigate the textile industry’s impact on global water scarcity using engineering analysis. They will review strategies for reducing pollution while maintaining industry success, and draft clear guidelines to steer textile manufacturers to a more sustainable future.