After graduating high school, Jeremy Bout didn't know what he wanted to do. His Uncle had just bought a 5 axis CNC machine and was told that all you needed to run it was a "PhD: Push Here Dummy" - he invited Jeremy to be that "dummy". Well, they quickly realized that operating this level of technology was not for dummies. It required serious STEM and creative problem-solving skills!
Building parts that went into Space and the healthcare industry, Jeremy would excitedly talk to his friends about the technology he was using and projects he was working on - but was met with blank stares. "What's a CNC machine? What do you mean you're 'pushing the limits on your cutting tools?'"
He understood: Someone had to do something BIG to raise awareness and change perceptions of manufacturing. It was then that Jeremy decided to merge his love for making things with his passion for media and storytelling.
Edge Factor was established and the release of our first film, The Beginnings was widely applauded. But our vision became more clear when an educator called and said, "I just played your film in my classroom. A student came up to me and said, "I had no idea that's what manufacturing looked like - I now know what I want to do with my life." And he changed his major."
That moment marked the true birth of Edge Factor. At the heart of who we are, we use the power of cinematic storytelling to take students and people on a journey from "I have no idea what I want to do with my life" to discovering industries, careers, CTE/SHSM and postsecondary programs, Soft Skills, STEAM and local opportunities. Edge Factor introduces career options for students.
Since our first film, we have partnered with communities across North America, and produced thousands of videos and interactive activities that highlight every industry and Career Cluster from Healthcare to IT, Agriculture, Business, and many more. All of our content is delivered through our smart platform: edgefactor.com.
During this unsettling time of school closures, educators are searching for e-learning solutions and parents are looking for ways to engage their kids at home with educational content to keep learning while they stay healthy. Edge Factor is providing FREE access to family-friendly videos that inspire hope, highlight industries, career options, and CTE/SHSM programs, teach soft skills, and show how STEAM comes alive in the real world.