On October 7, companies and individuals across America will be celebrating Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY). Held annually on the first Friday of October, this day is set aside to inspire the next generation to explore the many exciting opportunities in manufacturing.
MFG DAY allows manufacturers to show the public the many projects they’re working on and to teach our youth about the importance of manufacturing in keeping our society and communities advancing and thriving.
Some important topics to be touched upon this year include the skilled labor shortage, how manufacturers are reaching out to young people, and how to keep the manufacturing field prosperous.
STEM: What People Need to Know & How It Drives Our Success
By educating people about the varied field of manufacturing, the next generation will be equipped with the knowledge they need to succeed in our constantly evolving world. For instance, in order to ensure that our society and workforce stay ahead of the curve, it’s vital that STEM education — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — is an integral part of every child’s schooling.
STEM encompasses many things we interact with or are exposed to on a daily basis — including climate and weather, computers, natural disasters, transportation infrastructure, environmentally friendly equipment, and finances. It also makes up the bulk of today’s fastest-growing fields, such as biochemistry, medical science, financial examining, skin care, and biomedical engineering.
How We Can Help the Next Generation Succeed
Educators, at the forefront of helping young people excel in STEM-related careers, have various options available for assisting today’s youth. Inviting local engineers to speak at schools, for instance, can be a truly inspiring experience, providing students with a firsthand look at the innovative work being done to keep our communities and country progressing.
Likewise, allowing students the opportunity to engage in hands-on engineering projects can ramp up excitement for the field and gives students a better idea of what is involved in various STEM occupations.
Efforts are also being made to diversify the manufacturing world by reaching out to girls and young women, as the industry has traditionally been dominated by men. From STEM-based toys marketed to girls to various outreach programs and organizations, the field is becoming more and more inclusionary.
At Assembly Fasteners, Inc. (AFI) — a distributor of high-quality fasteners, including hinges, electronic hardware, and grommets — we’re committed to helping the next generation of innovators succeed within the fastener industry.
As a member of the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida, AFI is proud to be a part of such a dynamic, creative community. We hope everyone has a fun, inspiring, and educational Manufacturing Day.
We also invite you to explore our free fastener reference guide. In order to help you choose the best products for your specific application, this guide offers detailed information, including thread terminology and visual guides, about the wide range of fasteners available.