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Celebrating Manufacturing Day in North Carolina

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Chamber

When we last met in August at the 2016 Conference on Education, educators and business leaders expressed consensus that collaboration is key to closing the skills gap. The North Carolina Chamber is committed to building bridges between the business and education communities so that students are fully prepared to enter a 21st century workforce with the skills necessary for success.


On October 7, many businesses in our state will celebrate Manufacturing Day and open their doors to students and community members for educational tours and events at their facilities. We encourage you to browse opportunities in your community to connect students with employers and build relationships with businesses that will benefit your classroom and school.

Find events in your community HERE!


No events in your community? The Science Channel is celebrating Manufacturing Day with a 24-hour marathon of How It’s Made, an educational program that focuses on production processes in myriad industries. You can access this programming online for free and browse previous episodes HERE.


Grades 3-5: Designing Your Future Career (Four to Five 45-minute lessons) 

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.

Grades 6-8: Manufacturing in the 21st Century (Three 45-minute lessons) 

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.

Grades 9-12: Design a Shoe (Seven 45-minute lessons/project time) 

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.

Tell us what you’re doing to celebrate MFG Day in your community! Tweet us@NCChamber!


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