Approximately 100 students from the School District of Hillsborough County are set to tour the engineering technology lab at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon. The “Engineering Technology Experience” tours are conducted on a yearly basis by FLATE, the Florida-based National Science Foundation Center of Excellence at HCC-Brandon, and are targeted to give students a 360 degree perspective of educational and career pathways in manufacturing. The tours are currently underway through April with FLATE hosting groups of approximately 25 students each. Middleton Magnet High School and Buchanan Middle School took the lead in participating in the ET Tour Experience. Twenty five students, 10 of whom were girls, from Middleton High school toured on March 4; sixteen from Buchanan Middle School’s Bio-Engineering Academy participated in the tour on March 10. Outlined below is a list of recent and upcoming tours:
March 4: Middleton Magnet High School
March 10: Buchanan Middle School, Bio-Engineering Academy
March 31: Greco Middle School
April 7: Marshall Middle School
Engineering Technology Experience Tours
All tours will take place 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. approximately, and will showcase applications/integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM-based concepts in everyday high-tech manufacturing operations. During the ET Experience tours, students will engage in activities that will give them a hands-on understanding about STEM and high-tech manufacturing operations. Students will see equipment demonstrations of the robotic arm, 3-D printing operations, NAO humanoid robots, and will engage in discussions about manufacturing careers, educational pathways and opportunities that are available to in Florida. The School District of Hillsborough County is providing transportation for the students to and from HCC. All other costs will be covered by a grant from Hillsborough County.
For more information about the ET Experience tours contact Dr. Marilyn Barger, Executive Director of FLATE at firstname.lastname@example.org/813.259.6578 and Nina Stokes, FLATE Project Manager at email@example.com/813.259.6587. For media related questions contact Janice Mukhia, Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org/813.259.6581, or visit www.fl-ate.org and www.madeinflorida.org.
FLATE is a National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence, committed to ensuring Florida has a well prepared workforce for advanced and emerging technologies. Created in 2004, FLATE is one of 39 Advanced Technological Education Centers in the United States funded by the National Science Foundation focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and training to meet the needs of American advanced technology industries. For more information visit www.fl-ate.org.