My fondest memory from primary school involves getting an “A” on a story I’d written for fifth-grade English class. Moreover, it was the little note my teacher placed next to the grade that said “You are a writer!”.
Fortunately, I believed her. And I’ve been writing ever since.
There is no substitute for the influence a teacher can have upon a young person trying to figure out who they are, and what they can do. With that in mind, I’d like to tell you about Manufacture Your Future, a great new online initiative from Discovery Education and the Alcoa Foundation designed to help educators, school counselors and families cultivate the manufacturing leaders and innovators of tomorrow.
It’s a free, STEM-based resource that includes standards-based lesson plans for grades 6-12, a virtual field trip to an Alcoa manufacturing plant, career guides and discussion starters. I especially like the career guides, which can be useful in helping a young person understand how their skills and affinities have application in the “real” world.
I’m quite sure that my fifth-grade English teacher would approve.
Check it out for yourself. Visit the official Manufacturing Your Future web site.
—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio
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