STEM Education, Meet The New Manufacturing

STEM education and the maker movement have flooded our nation’s schools, making project-based learning much easier to mark off of the instructional “must do” checklist toward meeting new criterion and readying students for a career. Our school districts are feeling the pressure to be innovative and find new ways to engage students with technology while adhering to […]

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Inexpensive table-top robots will disrupt light manufacturing

Summary:Collaborative robots for light industry are coming along at precisely the right moment. They’re primed for quick adoption, and that means big changes for small- and mid-sized manufacturers. Last month’s Automate 2015, which organizers bill as the largest showcase of automation technologies in North America, signaled a change in the wind for light manufacturing. Alongside […]

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Makers bring energy to manufacturing

We have retooled Rhode Island’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership center this year. Polaris MEP is poised and ready to better support smaller manufacturing companies in the state. Ninety-five percent of the state’s 1,600 manufacturers have fewer than 100 employees, and 74 percent of them have fewer than 50 employees. That is small. But there is another […]

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San Francisco’s Lee Sells Manufacturing Jobs in Technology Haven

(Bloomberg) — San Francisco, a city overrun with artisanal coffee shops, Michelin-starred restaurants and affluent techies on bicycles, is looking to make space for people who work with their hands. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who three years ago committed to boosting manufacturing jobs for workers without four-year college degrees, won Planning Commission approval for […]

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