Informing, Inspiring, Attracting, and Recruiting the Future of Advanced Manufacturing.
FlexFactor immerses middle and high school students into the world of advanced manufacturing technology and entrepreneurship. Student teams are challenged to work together to identify a real-world problem that holds value to them, then conceptualize an advanced hardware device, develop a business model and pitch it “Shark Tank” style to a panel of education and industry representatives. Projects have ranged from earlier cancer detection to athlete safety and performance monitoring, to stopgap medical care for wounded soldiers and clean water access for inner-city residents.
The programs agile framework allows it to be easily embedded into the classroom and has been implemented in a wide range of subject areas, turning any academic classroom into a career technical education classroom. FlexFactor connects students directly to real-world experiences and they will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully transition from high school into employment, enlistment, or post-secondary education pathways.
Lorain County FlexFactor launched in spring of 2018 with 13 students. Since then, over 1,700 students in the Lorain County service area have honed their 21st century skills and worked together in teams to use the entrepreneurial spirit to innovate solutions to problems in our world.
Geared towards 9th – 12th graders, students spend five-weeks diving into an engaged research program that is structured to be appealing and fun, Through teamwork and intentional interactions with business and education mentors, students will develop professional skills including teamwork, reasoning, communication, and critical thinking, preparing them for the culminating event, their final pitch.
Students will conduct two field trips:
- Students will visit a local manufacturing company and Lorain County Community College.
- Both field trips will provide student teams one-on-one guidance on their project from business & educator mentors.
- Additionally, students will participate in interactive college lectures, workshops, and tour advanced technology labs.
FlexFactor Sprint is a concentrated one-day version of the FlexFactor program and is best used with middle school students. The program can be hosted either at a local manufacturing company or at Lorain County Community College. While condensed, students remain immersed in technology and entrepreneurial and partake in the basic tenets of the program, concluding their day pitching their product to a panel of education and industry representatives. The Sprint version could be extended to a week-long program.
Join the Movement
- Are you a school district interested in participating in FlexFactor? Don’t delay, contact us today.
- Are you willing to host a FlexFactor Industry Day Workshop at your business? If so, let’s connect.
- Share your expertise and volunteer to be a Final Pitch panelist. Together, we can cheer the students to the finish line.