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Time: 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM


Design & Innovation Studios prepare students to become tomorrow’s industry leaders. In this  interactive, face-to-face session, learn how to implement immersive, intentional, collaborative  STEM spaces that combine best-in-class educational technologies with project-based learning  

opportunities. Meet two education leaders who are using Design & Innovation Studios to create  a competitive manufacturing ecosystem for rural and urban schools across the country.  


Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) connects resources and industry  expertise to build relationships between workforce education, technology integration, and  manufacturing research. Hosted by Purdue University, INMaC and its partners seek to address  shortages of trained workers capable of filling manufacturing and industry positions, adopting  educational technologies and practices throughout the educational process, and applications to  strengthen the manufacturing ecosystem.  

One of IN-MaC’s key outreach areas is design and innovation studios. These collaborative STEM  spaces are developed in leading manufacturing companies as well as local schools. Examples of  industry partnerships include Subaru, Toyota, and Honda. Students work both in their school  studio and then travel to one of the IN-MaC partner studios to tour the floor and then work in  the studio to practice real-world manufacturing skills.  

IN-MaC has partnered with STEM Education Works to carefully select a cross-section of robots  and robotic arms, 3D printers, microcontrollers, and circuits. A project-based, standards aligned curriculum pairs with the educational technologies to teach students engineering  design skills, problem solving, and critical thinking.  

In this session, attendees will learn about the process of studio design and forming local  industry partnerships. They will hear from the Education & Workforce Development Director as  she describes her research into the impact of early STEM experiences on perceptions of  manufacturing careers. Finally, attendees will see examples of technologies they can 

incorporate into their own design spaces, as well as samples of curriculum currently being used  in IN-MaC studios.