Investing in the future. This October, Stanley Black & Decker is celebrating the second annual Maker Month. It’s a celebration throughout the month of October, highlighting the technological innovations that benefit our world – and those who make them! Recognizing the makers and creators shaping the world around us, Stanley wants to inspire the next generation to build STEAM skills that can help them thrive in a manufacturing career.
With a long-term goal to inspire 10 million makers and creators by the year 2030, through up-skilling, providing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education, vocational and skills training, and access to Makerspaces, Stanley Black & Decker aims to raise the awareness of the skills gap and inspire the next generation of makers to build careers in engineering and manufacturing. Stanley employees around the world will partner with local schools and organizations to lend their time and skills to lead Maker Month activities and take part in volunteering programs in their local communities.
“There is a skills gap that needs to be filled,” Abigail Dreher, director of public affairs at Stanley Black & Decker, told TriplePundit in an interview. “We want our employees to thrive, and we want the next generation to be able to excel as it comes into this field.”
As Makers themselves, Stanley is encouraging students, parents, educators and makers of all ages, to join them in a variety of activities, including;
- “Making for Good” Challenge with Discovery Education. From September 26 to January 30, 2020, the challenge is asking students to submit their best ideas for product designs that achieves a social good. Working in teams, students have to create a unique product design that addresses societal or environmental needs.
- The DeWalt Trades Scholarship. A new scholarship program focused on education for trade skills. The program will award five students with a $10,000 scholarship to pursue secondary or post-secondary education at a trade school, vocational school or career center in the U.S. Starting October 21, students can submit an application and a video sharing why they entered the trade of their choice. Read more about it here.
Maker Month is just one example of Stanley Black & Decker’s global initiatives to empower makers, which include Makerspace collaboration initiatives with universities and other organizations, global apprenticeship programs, sponsorship of WorldSkills International, the Manufactory 4.0 initiative and the STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator program.
Keep an eye on Maker celebrations on Stanley’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as they share content and activities that spark curiosity and build excitement for the power of making and empowering Makers around the world!
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