MakerMinded Student Competition Addresses Skills Gap

The goal of the MakerMinded campaign is to inspire enthusiasm in students about careers in manufacturing. The competition is expanding to Ohio and Michigan.

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), a national Manufacturing USA institute, in partnership with Tennessee Tech University’s iCube and other state partners, launched the second-year educational competition using MakerMinded, an online STEM learning and activity platform.

The goal of the MakerMinded campaign is to impassion students about advanced manufacturing careers. The campaign also strives to provide students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning experiences that positions them to pursue those careers. MakerMinded’s online platform connects students to over 150 STEM and advanced manufacturing education experiences. During the 2016-2017 school year, nearly 2,000 students from over 200 middle and high schools across Kentucky and Tennessee participated in approximately 2,000 STEM and manufacturing learning programs as part of the MakerMinded competition.

LIFT piloted this national initiative in Kentucky and Tennessee in October 2016. This school year, LIFT is launching two new campaigns in Ohio and Michigan. To read more about how the competition works, the other state groups who partner with LIFT to make the competition possible or to sign up, visit Makerminded online.