Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation Celebrate National Manufacturing Day with ‘Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip’ at Arconic in Austin, Texas
Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, September 26, 2018) – In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, Arconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic, Inc., and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are hosting a Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip from Arconic in Austin, Texas on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. During the immersive virtual experience, students will explore how 3D printing is shaping the future of manufacturing and meet Arconic employees who are using this cutting-edge technology to build high-performance aircraft parts. Educators, classrooms and communities may register for the virtual field trip at ManufactureYourFuture.com.
“Arconic Foundation aims to give students an unprecedented view of the spectrum of STEM careers available, and our longstanding partnership with Discovery Education provides opportunities to collaborate on programs like this that influence the way young minds conceptualize the future of work,” said Esra Ozer, president, Arconic Foundation. “By showing students how emerging technologies such as 3D printing are shaping the future of manufacturing, we are helping to build the workforce of tomorrow.”
Manufacture Your Future, designed by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts for 3rd – 12th grade students, offers educators, guidance counselors and families, hands-on resources that build excitement around post-secondary manufacturing career opportunities. Comprehensive, cross-curricular lesson plans range from a look at the history of manufacturing to STEM-based interactives on robotics, and are designed to stimulate insightful conversations between educators and students. The program’s family discussion starters extend the conversation beyond the classroom, giving parents a way to highlight the crucial role that manufacturing plays in day-to-day life.
“Arconic Foundation and Discovery Education are committed to advancing best-in-class immersive learning approaches, through the ‘Manufacture Your Future’ initiative, to cultivate the next generation of manufacturing innovators, said Kristin Hirst, Corporate Education Partnerships, Discovery Education. “We are invested in showcasing stimulating manufacturing careers that empower kids to ‘see that they can be’ the solution-seekers and problem-solvers that create products to help shape our world.”
As manufacturing continues to evolve and require 21st-century skill-sets, employers have continued to develop a pipeline of qualified workers who are passionate about the industry. Manufacture Your Future empowers educators to connect to classroom-based STEM lessons and enriched, real-world career experiences. These experiences provide students with opportunities to gain valuable workplace skills prior to graduation. The initiative encourages the development of critical thinking skills through real-world applications. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the comprehensive program offers standards-based resources focused on STEM; lesson plans; a manufacturing career guide; family discussion starters; and virtual field trips to give students an up-close look at some of today’s most prominent manufacturing careers.
“The ability to have students, educators and parents connect with advanced STEM concepts in an innovative way strengthens our efforts to engage this generation,” said Dacia Jones, STEM Coach, Durham, North Carolina. “The ‘Manufacture Your Future’ Virtual Field Trip increases our aim of fostering the curiosity of youth, while engaging them in practical applications of science, technology, engineering and math, and how those disciplines can be used to pursue careers in STEM.”
Every year during National Manufacturing Day, Arconic comes together with more than 1,600 manufacturers across the country to motivate the next generation of manufacturing leaders and innovators. Participants can join the celebration by sharing their Manufacturing Day ideas and inspiration with @DiscoveryEd on social media using #ManufactureYourFuture for a chance to have their classrooms featured during our virtual event.
For more information on the program or to access the site’s free resources, visit manufactureyourfuture.com. Manufacture Your Future materials are also available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus.
For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.
About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.
About Arconic Foundation:
Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic, Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields. The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe.
Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. For more information: www.arconic.com. Follow @arconic: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.