Partnerships Hail High Schoolers’ Engineering Challenge and New Workforce Certifications

Partnerships hail high schoolers’ engineering challenge and new workforce certifications

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Starting on June 26, high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be tinkering with advanced manufacturing equipment and hob knobbing with industry leaders in the engineering, technology, and manufacturing sectors. Using these resources, students will go head-to-head in a product design competition. Vying for a chance to win big, students will dive into career exploration and tech innovation as they work through the product development phases in an industry-standard fabrication laboratory.

For this innovation challenge, teams of students will design, produce, and pitch a unique product in four days. Through the competition, students experience the manufacturing process – from design to production – in real time. Then, they will experience real-life competition as they pitch their products to a panel of judges for a chance to win an unparalleled opportunity for aspiring engineers.

“These students aren’t just learning about engineering, advanced manufacturing, and entrepreneurship, they are experiencing it hands-on in real-time with very real stakes,” says Tiffani Underwood PHCC’s Coordinator of Community Development Programs.

The winning team will receive two months free access to PHCC’s Fab Lab. This is a $60 value per student that will empower the students to create, discover, and learn on industry-standard software and equipment. The FabLab is a three-story cutting-edge lab space designed to enable entrepreneurs, businesses, and innovators to develop models and working prototypes.

Due to the materials and resources that are required for each student attending the camp, the week-long experience is valued at $250 per student. Thanks to partnerships with Dream it. Do it. Virginia and the Virginia Manufacturers Association’s workforce affiliate the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI), PHCC can offer the class for only $20 per student.  Read More >>