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ERIC Number: EJ1043408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-28
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Educating the Next Generation of Makers
Schepker, Nicole
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jul 2014
The field of manufacturing typically conjures images of dimly lit dirty and dangerous factories crowded with workers, the kind seen in photos of New York City's garment district in the early 1900s and in some developing countries today. Because of advances in technology, however, the field of manufacturing--what is made, how it is made, where and by whom--is rapidly changing. As access to technologies continues to pervade the world, the opportunity for everyone and anyone to become a "maker," inventor, hobbyist, or entrepreneur is greatly increased, changing the definition and perception of what it means to be a manufacturer. Ultimately, no one knows the current and future needs of industry better than industry members themselves, making it imperative that advanced manufacturers and other STEM professionals continue to work with educators to develop curriculum, and to provide guidance and opportunities for students and teachers that will make STEM education relevant, while preparing students to succeed in the ever-changing workplace of tomorrow and today. This article discusses possible ways to meet the needs of preparing the industry members.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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