American Precision Museum Inspires Youth to Pursue Manufacturing Technology
Do you remember your first exposure to manufacturing? Do you remember what drove you to the industry? Experiencing manufacturing in person is a necessary step for bringing the magic of manufacturing to life in front of a child's eyes. The American Precision Museum (APM) in Windsor, Vermont, works to engage the youth of today and inspire them to choose STEM education pathways that lead to manufacturing careers, so they can soon be answering those questions for themselves.
While the APM preserves the first machine tools and displays the evolution of manufacturing and its impact on daily life, it also has in-person and online programs that introduce today's state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. Throughout the year APM offers camps, workshops, and digital programs where students experience innovation, problem solving, and design – which often ignites a passion for pursuing STEM education and careers in advanced manufacturing. (The “A” stands for “art.”)
“We hope visitors walk away with respect and awe for manufacturing's past, understanding of its impact on the present, and eager anticipation for the advances of the future,” says Alice Cable, APM assistant executive director. “We especially hope students, as well as their parents and teachers, leave with a positive impression for pursuing STEM education, careers in manufacturing technology, and dreams of entrepreneurship.”
Donations are vital to APM and allow the organization to continue to make the manufacturing industry come to life through STEM kits, educational events, digital resources, and manufacturing career educational programs. To learn more and donate, visit americanprecision.org.
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As AMT’s Managing Editor, Kathy seeks out connections, builds relationships, and strives to learn more about the people of the manufacturing industry. A writer and editor with more than 25 years of experience on the topics of manufacturing, technology, architecture, art, and parenting, Kathy is an avid listener who is deeply curious.
Kathy is particularly interested in autonomous vehicles. Since she was a member of Team ENSCO in the 2004 and 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, she’s been enthralled with the progress of self-driving vehicles.
When she’s not writing or mingling at manufacturing industry events, Kathy is spending time with her husband and four children creating art, visiting museums, hiking, traveling, and entertaining friends and family. She does try to sneak in reading, yoga, Sudoku, and long walks with her dog, Meadow.