Today is National Manufacturing Day! To further celebrate this day, which we also are doing with our sweepstakes we are running with Josh Miller, documentary filmmaker of “Made in USA: The 30 Day Journey,” we are highlighting an infographic from Intel on the powerful combination of STEM and the maker movement to power manufacturing forward. This infographic was sent to us by our friends over at Manufacturing Stories, who is always adding great maker movement infographics to their Pinterest board here.
You can find the infographic below the explanations and benefits of STEM and the Maker Movement to the future success of manufacturing. We hope you have a great manufacturing day!
Learning in the Making
This powerful infographic describes how the maker movement is powering STEM skills, gender equality and student curiosity.
Did you know that 65% of today’s primary school students will end up at jobs that haven’t been invented yet, but 90% of schools don’t offer computer science classes?
What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning.
“Education at all levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM—develops, preserves, and disseminates knowledge and skills that convey personal, economic, and social benefits. Higher education provides the advanced work skills needed in an increasingly knowledge-intensive, innovation-focused economy and society.”
– National Science Foundation
“We must never forget what the STEM subjects have in common with sister disciplines like literature and history. Yes, they help us get good jobs, but they also help us grasp what it means to be human and live a good life. That is why STEM is truly among the liberal arts.”
– Linda Rosen, Change the Equation
Stem Skills Are In Demand
Many studies highlight the need for a redoubled focus on STEM education to main a vibrant economy, both in Arizona and nationally. Others confirm the economic value of higher education in general. In Arizona, STEM skills have stayed in demand even through the economic downturn.
What is the Maker Movement?
The maker movement has led to the creation of a number of technology products and solutions by typical individuals working without supportive infrastructure. This is facilitated by the increasing amount of information available to individuals and the decreasing cost of electronic components.
Most of the products created under the maker movement are open source, as anyone can access and create them using available documentation and manuals.
However, the maker movement also incorporates creations and inventions that never existed before and were developed by individuals in their homes, garages or a place with limited manufacturing resources.