On May 25 at Martin’s West, over 200 commitments we made by businesses to help over 25 area high school technology programs, with some schools receiving at least 15 business commitments apiece. Almost 700 manufacturing stakeholders came together on Thursday nigh to connect manufacturers at RMI’s Annual Gala featuring The Techtonic Shift: Today’s Learners; Tomorrow’s Workforce. SEE PHOTOS
The rationale behind the Techtonic Shift event took into account how the impact of technology is occurring at ever-increasing speeds, accelerating the need for highly-skilled talent and transformational leadership in business, education and government. RMI’s emphasis for the Gala was on today’s students excelling in science, technology, math and engineering who are the future hope for tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce.
Some of the best a brightest Maryland high school technology teams were on display providing robotics, 3D, AI, Coding and STEM demonstrations and interacting with the businesses in a trade show kind of setting.
Attending Manufacturers Raved
Feedback from Neill Christopher, COO of Acadia Windows & Doors
Last night’s event did several things to strengthen the lot of Maryland manufacturers. First, manufacturers were introduced to their new workforce-and what an introduction it was! All who attended were wowed by the quality of the presentations, the enthusiasm and professionalism of the young men and women who presented, and most of all, the intelligence-even brilliance-of the presenters, their programs and their devices.
The student’s knowledge and comfort level with advanced technology indicates that our next workforce will be prepared, engaged and eager to take on the challenges of the future. Next, RMI built a platform where manufacturers could partner with the presenting organizations through internships, mentorships or through the donation of equipment and supplies. Finally, RMI placed the story of the presenters on the organization’s website, so we can share parts of this dynamic program with our colleagues and teams. Thanks RMI, for focusing on this amazing pool of talent and their dreams for the future. It’s amazing how similar their dreams are to our own!
Feedback from Jim Glowacki, Textron Systems, Director, Business Product Support
From the set-up of the individual booths to the presentations each and every case strongly correlated to the mission of bringing together young pre-career talent that has a craving for technology and manufacturing and merging them with industry. Those students were energetic, driven, compassionate, and sincere about what they want from industry and the state for their future. The event was highly interactive, and most notably was about our youth and maintaining a constant focus to increase an ever higher presence of technology and manufacturing in Maryland.