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MakerMinded Celebrates Ohio Schools for Inspiring Students in STEM

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Four Ohio schools will be recognized in a ceremony tonight for their
work inspiring students to study STEM fields including careers in
advanced manufacturing.

MakerMinded
launched in 2017 in Ohio as a new online STEM learning and competition
platform that provides transformational STEM learning experiences
setting students on track toward 21st century manufacturing careers. It
provides access to a diverse range of STEM and advanced manufacturing
programs, including manufacturing facility tours, gaming activities,
project-based learning, and competitions.

MakerMinded was created by LIFT–Lightweight
Innovations For Tomorrow
, a Manufacturing USA institute.
Tennessee Tech University iCube center supports the program's continuing
growth.

Battelle recruits students and teachers for the effort through the Ohio
STEM Learning Network
. The network was founded in 2008 and today
represents 55 STEM schools across the state. Battelle manages the Ohio
STEM Learning Network as part of the company's commitment to preparing
the next generation of innovators.

The following four schools in Ohio are being recognized for excellence
in advanced manufacturing and STEM learning through their participation
in MakerMinded:

  • Dayton Regional STEM School - Dayton, Ohio
  • Alliance Middle School - Alliance, Ohio
  • Graham Middle School - St. Paris, Ohio
  • Woodward Park Middle School - Columbus, Ohio

"We are so proud of these students as well as every school that
participated in MakerMinded," said Aimee Kennedy, Senior Vice President
of Philanthropy and Education at Battelle. "The future of innovation
relies on a new generation of leaders grounded in quality STEM learning
opportunities. Today, we recognize four schools that are doing their
part through MakerMinded to make STEM accessible for every student in
Ohio."

Eric Burkland, President & CEO of Ohio Manufacturers' Association, said,
"With over 12,000 manufacturing firms that employ over 680,000 people,
Ohio is relying on STEM students to help grow and lead our manufacturing
base. We are proud to support and recognize MakerMinded students as they
pursue advanced manufacturing learning and prepare for great careers in
our industry."

These schools will be celebrated July 23 at the Connections to Education
Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Each winning school will take home an
Oculus Rift virtual reality system to experience STEM and advanced
manufacturing learning in their classrooms. The prizes are made possible
through support from Battelle and Making Ohio, the state's manufacturing
careers campaign.

"The impact of MakerMinded is powerful evidence of the magic that
happens when you inspire young people," said Emily DeRocco, LIFT's
Education and Workforce Director. "This year, over 1,300 students and
teachers from 94 middle and high schools across Ohio completed thousands
of STEM programs, gaining foundational technical and employability
skills that will prepare them for success in the high-tech manufacturing
industry. This impact is exactly the reason LIFT invested in and
launched MakerMinded, which is now active in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio,
and Michigan. Three more states will launch the program in the 2018-19
school year."

The 2018-2019 MakerMinded competition in Ohio will begin in August 2018.

About LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing
Innovation Institute (ALMMII), is a Detroit-based, public-private
partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced
lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education
and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in
the future. LIFT is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA,
and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management
through the Office of Naval Research. Visit www.lift.technology
or follow on Twitter @NewsFromLIFT
to learn more.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to
solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national
laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and
development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical
services for government and commercial customers.

Battelle also manages a range of successful projects bringing quality
STEM education to students including the Ohio
STEM Learning Network
, Tennessee
STEM Innovation Network
, and the national STEMx
network
.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle
serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and
environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.

About iCube

Tennessee Tech University's iCube is a place where students and faculty
Imagine, Inspire, and Innovate. We are a leader in advancing
collaborative solutions with extensive experience in public policy
marketing campaigns and virtual reality development. To learn more about
our center, please visit www.ttuicube.com.

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