Congratulations to the 2023 FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Education Award Winners! 
FLATE awards recognize educators and industry colleagues who have stepped beyond their call of duty to promote excellence in manufacturing-related education and training on a regional and/or statewide level. FLATE, FloridaMakes and FAITE (Florida Association for Industrial and Technical Educators) are pleased to announce the 2023 Winners: 
  • Kevin M. Davenport, Instructor of Engineering & Manufacturing at The Academy of Engineering & Environmental Science at Creekside High School in St. Johns, FL, will receive the Distinguished Manufacturing Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award. 
  • Gregory A. Lewis, Professor in Engineering Technology at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL, will receive the Distinguished Manufacturing Post-Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award 
  • Orville L. Dothage, III, Sr. Manager at Northrup Grumman in St. Augustine, FL, will receive the Distinguished Manufacturing Partner Service Award 
  • The Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF) will receive the Most Innovative Manufacturing Month Student Event Award for their Made in Central Florida Expo featuring 27 local manufacturers sharing their career opportunities in the Expo and a design and build student competition impacting over 250 students.
FLATE 2022-23 Webinar Series - Now on Demand
The final session in the 2022-23 FLATE Webinar series was held this morning. All sessions are now available on demand at the link below. FLATE Professional Development webinars are designed to provide educators around Florida with trainings that enhance their ability to attract and retain students or understand the latest, complex technologies.

  • Developing Local Articulations to Increase Enrollment in College Programs
  • How to Create Work-based Learning Opportunities
  • Recruiting Strategies Best Practices
  • Robots for AI and Industry 4.0 Training and Demo
  • Creating Videos using Classroom Projects and Student Success Stories
  • How to Increase Student Diversity in ET Programs
  • How to Develop ET Dual Enrollment or Early College Programs

Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Series (4-part)
  • Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Technicians #1
  • Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Technicians #2
  • Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Technicians #3
  • Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Technicians #4   
Statewide Engineering Technology Industry Advisory Board
The first meeting of the Statewide Engineering Technology Industry Advisory Committee (SETIAB) took place on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, the evening prior to the Spring Engineering Technology Forum (ET Forum)

The goal of the new SETIAB is to ensure that the more than twenty ET programs in the state continue to meet the rapidly evolving needs of industry and to raise the visibility of the skills and competencies of the program completers and the A.S. Engineering Technology degree program. The initial board has industry representatives from 6 state and community colleges as well as representatives from industry, FloridaMakes, the K-12 education system and the Florida Department of Education’s Adult and Career Education Division.
Aligning Skills Between Industry & Education
for Robotics and Automation
FANUC partnered with D.C. Jagger Corporation and FLATE to host the day-long Aligning Skills Between Industry & Education Workshop at the College of Central Florida (CF) in Ocala on April 20, 2023. The goal was to facilitate lively discussions among technical educators, community, and government and industry leaders about how automation is changing the landscape of the manufacturing sector. 

The need for skilled workers with automation training and certifications continues to grow across Florida and the nation in manufacturing and many industry sectors. FANUC has identified some current urgent needs of industry including more automation, more Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and implementing digital thread technology. They will be hosting additional “Aligning Skills” events across the country to help raise awareness of regional industry needs and bring industry and educators together to develop solutions. 
Other Upcoming Events
2023 FLATE Summer Teacher Institute (Free)
June 12 - 16 - Register Now - Travel Covered
A week of hands-on training in emerging technologies for Secondary and Post-Secondary
Educators teaching manufacturing, engineering, and related courses. Topics include Measurements, Fusion 360 & 3D Printing, Electrified Vehicles & Robotics. Also, field trips to two local manufacturers! Lunch will be provided each day. Travel including mileage and hotel will be covered for those travelling more than 50 miles.
2023 HTEC CNC Machining Educators Conference (Free)
June 8, 2023 - 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Suncoast Technical College, Sarasota
NCyTE Center Cyber Security Across Disciplines
2-day Workshop for Community College Educators
August 1-2 | Palos Hills, IL
This event is intended for community/technical college faculty from related disciplines, who want to integrate cybersecurity into their programs. You do not need a cybersecurity background to attend.  A travel stipend is available to eligible faculty traveling from outside the area of the event (greater than 60 miles) to assist with transportation costs. Call for Proposals now open - Submission Deadline May 29, 2023
The 2023 International Mechatronics Conference will be held at the Hamm Institute for American Energy in Oklahoma City, Ok - September 27-29, 2023- and brings together educational professionals and industrial experts in mechatronics, robotics, and other electromechanical fields. Early Bird Registration is now open with EB prices until June 30, 2023. Presentation submission deadline also June 30, 2023.
Opportunities for Educators
Advanced Characterization Workshop (Free)
University of South Florida - June 6-7, 2023
A two-day workshop at the University of South Florida on Advanced Materials Characterization in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The workshop will be held in-person at USF and in Illinois simultaneously through a live virtual connection. A limited number of complementary registrations for USF seats are available for FLATE subscribers. Please contact Teresa Potter if interested.
FutureTek PLC Workshops
Florida State College at Jacksonville - June 29
St. Petersburg College - June 30
In this hands-on workshop, demonstrations will be provided on the following topics, using the new Future Tek 800 series equipment and Connected Component Workbench software.
  • Setting up communications
  • Basic PLC programming
  • Basic PanelView programming
  • Basic frequency drive programming
  • Operating PLC, PanelView, and frequency drives as a system
  • Integration with EasyVeep and Festo MecLabs
2023 Virtual Summer Teacher's Workshop
June 22-23 & June 26-27, 2023
Stipend + Free Materials & Licenses
The Connecticut College of Technology’s National Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence, is offering a 4-day workshop on how to instruct your students in developing essential teambuilding skills and integrating learning into your STEM classroom and lab environment. Earn Professional Skills and Technical Skills Microcredentials. Manuals, workbooks, Behavioral and Emotional Intelligence assessments and related technical materials will be provided along with a one-year online educational license for SolidWorks CAD Software. Attendees will also receive free micro:bit and Robo-Link CoDrone kits and are eligible to receive up to $750 in stipends ($500 for participation in workshop and completion of evaluation materials; $250 upon submission of curriculum for use in classroom).
AACC MentorLinks Announces Cohort 2023-2025
Looking for Colleges & Mentors!
MentorLinks is designed for community colleges seeking to develop or strengthen STEM technician education programs. Colleges should be interested in working with an experienced community college mentor who has successfully planned and implemented a major change in a high-technology program.
The grant period runs October 1, 2023–November 30, 2025.
Request for Proposals:
Colleges Deadline June 27, 2023

MentorLinks colleges will receive $30,000 for the 2-year grant period and travel support for the project director.. The grant’s primary emphasis is on valuable networking, and opportunities for technical assistance and professional development.
Request for Applications: Mentors Deadline June 27, 2023

Eligible mentors include community college employees; individuals closely aligned with community college STEM programs, such as retired professionals, consultants, or industry advisory board members. Mentors will receive an honorarium and travel support,
PocketLab Pilot Study for Middle School Science Teachers
Fall 2023 - Stipend + Free Licenses & Sensors
WestEd, a nonprofit education research and development organization, is currently seeking middle school science teachers to participate in the upcoming Fall 2023 PocketLab Pilot Study. Participating teachers will be randomized into the PocketLab group or the control group. PocketLab teachers will be asked to use PocketLab G-Force sensors and the PocketLab Notebook with their students to complete classroom activities focused on concepts of forces and motion. Control group teachers will be asked to teach these topics as they normally do and will have the option to use PocketLab with their students at the conclusion of the study. Participants will receive either $500 or $800 (Control group or not), a one-year license to PocketLab Notebook Pro ($150 value), and your choice of a PocketLab Voyager sensor ($198 value) or a PocketLab G-Force sensor ($129 value). If you or somebody you know are already teaching these concepts to middle school students this Fall 2023, and are interested in participating in this study, please fill out the interest form.
Out of State Cybersecurity Counselor/Educator Workshops
Travel Stipends Available
Career Counselors & Academic Advisors Breakfast Workshop
This Cybersecurity Workshop designed for high school or community college counselors will cover a wide range of topics designed to increase awareness of cybersecurity careers, introduce online tools for finding job openings, and provide resources to help students explore the opportunities in this rapidly growing industry.

Two in-person summer options TBA at Moraine Valley Community College & Sinclair Community College.
Learning Incubator Cybersecurity in Curriculum
The Learning Incubator is specifically designed for technical teachers and educators from high schools and community colleges who want to promote cybersecurity in multiple disciplines. The 3-day learning experiences will be held at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on July 18-20 or at Moraine Valley Community College on August 3-5. All participants will receive travel funding ($800.00) and a scholarship ($1200) for attending, plus a portable lab kit.
Summer Camps & Workshops
Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) Robotics Camp - Ocala (June - July)
Campers will learn about computer programming and robotics, working in teams to master Lego Mindstorms challenges, and hear short presentations about state-of-the-art research at IHMC. and eat lunch with an IHMC research scientist, in small groups. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. Volunteer opportunities with credit towards Bright Futures scholarships are available for rising 11th and 12th graders.
North Florida College
Kids in College Summer Camp (June)
Build, Fix & Create – Explore Industrial Machinery 
June 5-8 or June 19-22, 9:00-3:30 - Grades 9-12 
Campers get hands-on experience in working with electric motors, hydraulics, machining, and welding. Information about careers in industrial machinery. Mechanics will also be explored.  
AmSkills Summer Workshops & Bootcamps
Pasco (July) & Pinellas (August)
The Discovery Workshop is designed to introduce the many career opportunities in the Manufacturing Industry. Attendees spend a half-day working on multiple hands-on projects including building the motor for a robot, laser cut their own keychain, work with and learn numerous tools, try out a job using virtual reality, and learn about hiring companies. Those who participate in the half day Workshop are eligible to attend the AmSkills Career Discovery Bootcamp with "Guaranteed Job Interviews with multiple hiring local companies" at the end of the bootcamp.

Career Discovery Workshop (Pasco) – July 15, 2023 - Holiday FL. Pre-Requisite to Bootcamp July 17-28.

Career Discovery Workshop (Pinellas) – Aug 26, 2023 - St. Pete, FL. Pre-Requisite to Bootcamp Aug. 28-Sept. 8.
June 5 - 9, 2023

This 3D Design and Electronics Camp introduces middle and high school students to exciting career choices in manufacturing. Campers will receive a one-year student license for SolidWorks™ CAD software. The one-week camp is for ages 12-16.
State College of Florida Bradenton
Weekly Camps-June 12 - July 28

  • Manufacturing & Engineering
  • Emerging Technology
  • Robotics & Engineering
  • Finishing First Tech
  • Futuristic First Camp

Camps include virtual reality, robotics, engineering, drones, coding, simulation and modeling, 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting, and immersive virtual environments, and safety requirements needed to responsibly use tools in a lab.
Young Engineers Tallahassee Summer Camps
Grades K-8 - Weekly Camps June 12 - July 21
Young Engineers Tallahassee has teamed up with Governors Charter Academy for these these featured summer camps: The Electric Company, Lego Safari, The Blue Planet, The Aeronautics and the Fantastic Voyage. Middle school students in the Engineering Design camps will get to experience coding and robotics featuring Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi! Open House on June 10, 2023 from 10am-12pm.

3D Printing Camp at Embry Riddle, Daytona Beach
July 23-28, 2023 - Ages 13-18

Students will be introduced into CAD design, where they will develop three-dimensional basic models, as well as a series of 3D printing activities (3D Pen Doodlers, printing of parts using 3D printers, 3D scanning and the use of 3D augmentation software). Boeing Scholarships are available for this camp. Apply today!
News & Resources
Redwire Space, 2021 SMBE Bronze Winner (Jacksonville) Engaging Students through in-space 3D Printing
Student Challenge Active May 1 - June 30
In a new partnership with Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3" and the National Lab aboard the International Space Station, Microsoft is working with Redwire Space to engage students in the process of in-space 3D printing. “Space is critical to inspiring future generations. Redwire is proud to bring together our own superhero team with Microsoft and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ to help educate and inspire students in the real world to pursue careers in STEAM,” said Redwire Chief Growth Officer Mike Gold.

In an advertising spot, members of the Guardians have to make a pitstop at the International Space Station to pick up a freshly minted 3D-printed Zune to replace the one that was damaged while gallivanting through the galaxy. Teachers and students are encouraged to visit the website to take advantage of educational materials like a teacher's guide that provides lessons and activities based on the advertisement. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the "Azure Space: Diversity in STEM" learning challenge, active May 1 - June 30.
FLATE Resources
FLATE's Manufacturing Matters Dashboard
The new Manufacturing Matters FL dashboard is a tool to highlight manufacturing education, careers, industry, and their impact on Florida's economy.
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