Philly, PA – Today, Neil Weaver, acting secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), emphasized the Wolf administration’s continued investment in Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry during a visit to teenagers who are learning valuable skills at a summer bioengineering manufacturing camp at Temple Learn at University of Philadelphia. The camp was funded in part by a Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC) grant received from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT).a non-profit foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International.
“Manufacturing has many different facets and introducing students to the industry is so important,” said Sec. weaver. “It’s great to see these students exploring how bioengineering connects to manufacturing at this summer camp. The Wolf administration remains committed to supporting the future of manufacturing through opportunities like these.”
In May, Gov. Tom Wolf announced $79,050 in MTTC funding for NBT to hold six Summer Manufacturing Camps in 2022 and 12 camps in 2023. Each summer camp is designed to raise public awareness of manufacturing careers in its region and provide a fun and enriching setting for students to engage in manufacturing.
Teens attending this summer camp learn how to make prosthetics, orthotics, and other adaptive devices using 3D printing and other manufacturing technologies. During summer camp, these teens use their new skills to create affordable and functional devices that help improve the lives of people and animals with a limb loss or disability.
“The primary goal of this workshop is to provide students with an introduction to the complexity and importance of a multifaceted field like bioengineering,” said Jack Kraynak, Temple University Pre-College Instructor and Senior Bioengineering Student. “3D printing is an engaging and consumable way for younger students to understand how a technology can be used in multiple ways in bioengineering, so this collaboration of fields, particularly in prosthetics, has been explored. Students in this workshop received hands-on 3D printing experience, a bioprinting guest speaker, and a field trip to the Jefferson Health Design Lab to demonstrate how additive manufacturing is an important engineering tool in the medical field. Students received a pseudo-college experience in which they received technical design thinking tools, an introduction to 3D modeling in CAD, and database research skills to create a technical prototype of a prosthesis based on a problem while working collaboratively .”
Gov. Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017 and has since funded 77 projects and invested more than $16.6 million through the MTTC program.
Training-to-career grants support projects that result in short-term work readiness, job placement, or production advancement. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program works with local manufacturers to identify and deliver essential skills gaps for entry-level workers seeking manufacturing employment, engage youth or those with barriers to manufacturing career opportunities, and/ or capacities for local or regional manufacturers.
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Penny Ickes, DCED, [email protected]
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