"What is so cool about manufacturing?"

That is the question some GMSD STEM students are investigating.

Students in 8th grade STEM courses at Houston Middle and Riverdale have been selected to partner with a local manufacturer (HMS with Wright Medical and Riverdale with Surface Dynamics) through the LIFT Grant. This grant is aimed at increasing interest among 8th grade students, counselors, and parents in the careers offered in lightweighting and advanced manufacturing.

A team of HMS students toured Wright Medical and a team of Riverdale students toured Surface Dynamics last week. Students gathered video footage and research to develop their two-minute video to promote “What’s so cool about manufacturing?” The project provided Houston Middle and Riverdale 8th grade STEM teachers with a GoPro camera along with curriculum for a video contest.

Tennessee is divided into nine economic development and workforce regions. The Tennessee vision for the Student Video Project is to ultimately have nine contests (one per region), the winners of which will compete on a statewide level. The teams will submit their videos this month and be voted on in January with an awards ceremony in February.

Special thanks goes to Clark Knight, CTE Director, for making this opportunity possible for our
8th grade STEM students.  Nathan Garrett, Director of Workforce Innovations of our local Greater Memphis Alliance for Workforce Development, oversees the administration of the grant for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and coordinated with Clark Knight to develop the partnership of our schools with a local manufacturer.

Be on the lookout in January for the 2-minute promotional video submitted for the contest by these innovative STEM students.
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