360 partner colleges teach youth about manufacturing careers

The mission of 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence is to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of talent available for Minnesota Manufacturing businesses. One of the ways 360 carries out this mission is fund youth outreach events at our partner colleges to: Improve the perception of modern manufacturing. Interest students in modern manufacturing careers. Highlight… Read more

360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence receives NSF grant

Bemidji, MN—360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence, led by Bemidji State University, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Regional Center award for $2.55 million. This grant will support efforts to increase graduates in advanced manufacturing programs at 360 partner colleges through 2019. 360 will work closely with college partners, industry stakeholders… Read more

First three 360 eTECH high school students graduate from Lake Superior College

The 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence has the pleasure of saluting its first three graduates from Cook County High School enrolled in the 360 eTECH program. These three students began their college journey in Fall 2014, taking both foundational manufacturing education courses and specialized welding courses. They graduated Spring 2016 from Cook County High School… Read more

First “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest held

Teenagers from several high schools in the west central area of Minnesota recently participated in a video contest with the theme “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Partnering with a company in their area, eight student teams from Detroit Lakes High School and Henning Public Schools produced a short video about careers in manufacturing. Members of… Read more

From uncertainty at camp to successful student

When Megan Peterson attended Central Lakes College’s Summer Engineering and Manufacturing (SEaM) Camp for the first time in 2009 when she was a freshman in high school, she wasn’t sure about attending—“I was terrified,” she says. But thanks to her mom, she went and found she really enjoyed building the robot. By the end of… Read more

Over 1,500 people attend Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament

St. Cloud, Minn. – This past weekend, 89 elementary, middle school, high school, and college VEX robotics teams gathered at the River’s Edge Convention Center to compete. Three tournaments took place: the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX IQ Tournament, the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament and the SCSU VEX… Read more

An emerging class of robots

By Karen White Human-collaborative robots are an emerging class of robots starting to change how robots are utilized in manufacturing facilities. Collaborative robots are not necessarily new. Industrial robots have been able to collaborate with their environment for quite some time through sensors, switches, and guides. What is new is a class of robots with… Read more

Estimated 11,088 people reached through 2015 Statewide Tour of Manufacturing

During the fifth Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing, 132 manufacturing businesses opened their doors to students, families, and the general public. Participants were able to see the inner workings of a factory, meet the people who work there, gain insight into the skills, education and training necessary for a career in… Read more

Over 200 students compete in Dream It. Do It. Southern MN Robotics Tournament

Austin, Minn. – This past weekend, over 200 students competed at the Dream It. Do It. Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament hosted by Riverland Community College and held at Austin High School. Thirty-six different teams from 16 different schools and organizations competed throughout the day. The action-packed day required middle and high school students to… Read more

Over 200 students attend Dream It. Do It. Northwest MN robotics tournament

Thief River Falls, Minn. – This past weekend, over 200 students competed at the Dream It. Do It. Northwest Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament held at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. Thirty-nine different teams from 20 different schools and organizations competed throughout the day. The action-packed day required middle and high school… Read more