If you’ve ever sat in a science, technology, engineering, art or math class (STEAM) and heard, or perhaps asked the question yourself, “When will I ever use this in real life?”, you can understand the struggles teachers face. Stationed in Manchester, Iowa, a group of teachers and leaders at West Delaware High School are on a mission to shake things up in their classrooms by making STEAM and careers relevant for their students.
This week, these teachers are implementing Edge Factor’s platform of cinematic, story-driven media and interactive resources called eduFACTOR. Elevate Iowa, a statewide, integrated marketing campaign to promote careers and educational pathways in advanced manufacturing has sponsored West Delaware High School with a one year membership to eduFACTOR.
“West Delaware does a great job preparing their students in career readiness; therefore, we wanted to supply them with extra tools to use within their classrooms to help educate the students on Advanced Manufacturing careers and to change the perception of the industry in the high school classroom,” said Alexandra Monaghan, Elevate Iowa Coordinator.
By telling cinematic stories of real life manufacturers who are using technology to change lives and creating interactive resources based off those stories, Edge Factor equips educators and business leaders with tools to inspire and reach students and parents. The story-driven media and interactive resources included in West Delaware High School’s eduFACTOR membership will cultivate an engaged student community that complements their existing Project Lead the Way and STEAM programs while showing advanced manufacturing and careers in action.
“Manufacturing firms supply more than 208,858 jobs to Iowans,” said Mike Ralston, President of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Focused on strengthening manufacturing technology programs, making STEAM learning applicable to real life, and showcasing career opportunities, Edge Factor is helping to raise up the next generation of makers across North America.
“With the incredible opportunities in manufacturing available in Iowa, we are excited to link arms with West Delaware High School to ignite students’ passion for learning and technology,” said Toni Neary, Partnership Architect at Edge Factor.
As the teachers at West Delaware HS provide students with a culturally rich environment to help them reach their full potential academically, emotionally, physically and socially, eduFACTOR resources will help show students how the subjects they are learning will be used in real-life situations. With an eduFACTOR membership, West Delaware High School has access to Edge Factor’s feature films, TV series, career pathway videos, CNC and 3D printing projects, technology teaching videos, turnkey event kits, virtual field trips, interactive classroom and STEAM activities, take-home parent resources, and much more.
“eduFACTOR resources are very impressive to share with students. From videos to interactive activities, eduFACTOR is providing career guidance for decision making that is invaluable,” said Tim Felderman, West Delaware High School Principal.
About Elevate Iowa
Elevate Iowa (www.elevateiowa.com) is a statewide, integrated marketing campaign to promote careers and educational pathways in advanced manufacturing. The initiative is directed by a coalition of all 15 Iowa Community College’s, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, the private manufacturing sector and the State of Iowa. Elevate Iowa offers resources to the public and educational institutions to educate the unemployed/underemployed Iowans, U.S. veterans, along with K-12 students and their families about the opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing.