NSF Center of Excellence in Manufacturing at HCC-Brandon Receives STEM Florida Best Practice Award

FLATE, the NSF Center of Excellence in Manufacturing at HCC-Brandon, received STEMflorida, Inc.’s “Best Practice Award for Excellence Integrating Needs of STEM-Enabled Programs into Engaging Curriculum and Educational Outreach Resources.”
 
July 1, 2011 - PRLog -- FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education), the National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Center of Excellence in Manufacturing at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon, received STEMflorida, Inc.’s “Best Practice Award for Excellence Integrating Needs of STEM-Enabled Programs into Engaging Curriculum and Educational Outreach Resources.” The award was presented on June 24, 2011 during the STEM Florida Think Tank at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport in Orlando, FL., and recognized FLATE’s role in spearheading efforts to launch a national, industry-recognized, STEM-focused credential system that supports the educational and workforce needs of local manufacturers.

FLATE promulgates the idea that STEM provides our future workforce with the skills they need to achieve academically now, and excel professionally later. Since the establishment of the Center in 2004, FLATE has served as a leader in creating relevant educational programs such as the statewide A.S. degree in Engineering Technology, manufacturing industry focused lesson plans, and professional development opportunities.

The Center has also provided succinct classroom and/or homework vignettes to support K-20 science and math instruction while demonstrating how math and science are means to developing engineering-related concepts. Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE says “By implementing this system we are employing industry’s voice and expertise to provide competency-based, customized education and training for the manufacturing workforce.” For information on the award, and FLATE’s curriculum and/or professional development resources contact Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE at HCC-Brandon at barger@fl-ate.org, or visit www.fl-ate.org.

FLATE is a National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence, committed to ensuring Florida has a well prepared workforce for advanced and emerging technologies. Created in 2004, FLATE is one of 39 Advanced Technological Education Centers in the United States funded by the National Science Foundation focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and training to meet the needs of American advanced technology industries. For more information visit www.fl-ate.org.

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FLATE, the National Science Foundation Center of Excellence in high-technology manufacturing, is the go-to organization supporting Florida's high-skilled workforce through advanced technical education, best practices and resources. www.fl-ate.org
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