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Utilize these free resources for 3rd-12th grade classrooms to develop key STEM and critical thinking skills in your students. All resources are aligned to national education standards.

New: Experience modern manufacturing at work in our new series of career profiles!

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Lesson Plans

New! Designing Your Future Career
For: 3-5

Explore modern manufacturing careers as students identify required skill sets, apply innovative thinking and creativity, and connect the application of modern manufacturing to daily products and use.

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New! What's Your Influence?
For: 6-8

Students use evidence, case studies, career scenarios, anecdotal stories, and other sources to support or refute a claim about the relationship between manufacturing and society.

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Design a Robot
For: 6-8

Explore the role of robots in modern manufacturing and challenge your students to design a robot based on a mock target consumer. To understand and explain how their robot moves, students will explore energy and the transfer of electrical energy to mechanical energy.

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Manufacturing in the 21st Century
For: 6-8

Investigate the history of manufacturing and learn about the innovative technology used by engineers and designers. Explore how manufacturing careers have changed and how technology has changed the manufacturing process.

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New! Designing Your Future Career

Investigate the emergence of advanced manufacturing careers by considering how and why careers change over time. Explore new ideas for innovations related to health, transportation, and architecture and the types of careers that would be needed to bring these innovations to life.

Design a Shoe

Guide students on a discovery of the modern manufacturing design process. Working in teams, students design a shoe for a target audience, and simulate market research, illustration, design, and biomechanical engineering to test and evaluate their prototype.

Student Self-Paced Module

Investigate the applications of 3D printing, robotics, and computers to discover how each of these technologies help teams of manufacturers solve complex problems that improve processes, products, and people’s lives. Explore the relationship between advanced manufacturing careers and the products they build that shape our world.

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Human Resource Analyst
Biomechanical Engineer
Robotics Technician
Manufacturing Plants: Then and Now

Career Guide

 

Career Guide

Explore this comprehensive tool with pre-and post assessments of students’ knowledge of manufacturing, an overview of the manufacturing industry, and a survey to identify career interest areas and match them to manufacturing careers.

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Discussion Starters

 

Family Discussion Starters

Discussion starters offer thought provoking ideas that underscore manufacturing’s critical role in society and outline its rewarding careers, and provide a way to engage with your student to facilitate conversations on future career goals.

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More Resources

Additional Resources

Explore the Manufacture Your Future partner programs that serve as an avenue for an in-depth look at the manufacturing industry.

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