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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 is a trend in which individuals or groups of individuals create and market products that are recreated and assembled using unused, discarded or broken electronic, plastic, silicon or virtually any raw material and/or product from a computer-related device.

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.

The maker movement is primarily the name given to the increasing number of people employing do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-with-others ( DIWO) techniques and processes to develop unique technology products. Generally, DIY and DIWO enables individuals to create sophisticated devices and gadgets, such as printers, robotics and electronic devices, using diagrammed, textual and or video demonstration. With all the resources now available over the Internet, virtually anyone can create simple devices, which in some cases are widely adopted by users. For example, MintyBoost, a popular DIY USB charger kit built using an Altoids tin, batteries and a few connectors, can easily be created using instructions online, or purchased from other makers who sell their devices.

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.


INFOGRAPHIC: Combining the Maker Movement and STEM for Powerful Progress In Manufacturing

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