Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation Celebrate National Manufacturing Day with ‘Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip’ at Arconic in Austin, Texas

— Virtual Field Trip of Arconic in Austin, Texas brings exciting STEM careers to classrooms and explores how 3D printing is revolutionizing aerospace manufacturing —

Press Release – Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, September 26, 2018) – In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, Arconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic, Inc., and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are hosting a Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip from Arconic in Austin, Texas on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. During the immersive virtual experience, students will explore how 3D printing is shaping the future of manufacturing and meet Arconic employees who are using this cutting-edge technology to build high-performance aircraft parts. Educators, classrooms and communities may register for the virtual field trip at

“Arconic Foundation aims to give students an unprecedented view of the spectrum of STEM careers available, and our longstanding partnership with Discovery Education provides opportunities to collaborate on programs like this that influence the way young minds conceptualize the future of work,” said Esra Ozer, president, Arconic Foundation. “By showing students how emerging technologies such as 3D printing are shaping the future of manufacturing, we are helping to build the workforce of tomorrow.”

Manufacture Your Future, designed by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts for 3rd – 12th grade students, offers educators, guidance counselors and families, hands-on resources that build excitement around post-secondary manufacturing career opportunities. Comprehensive, cross-curricular lesson plans range from a look at the history of manufacturing to STEM-based interactives on robotics, and are designed to stimulate insightful conversations between educators and students. The program’s family discussion starters extend the conversation beyond the classroom, giving parents a way to highlight the crucial role that manufacturing plays in day-to-day life.

“Arconic Foundation and Discovery Education are committed to advancing best-in-class immersive learning approaches, through the ‘Manufacture Your Future’ initiative, to cultivate the next generation of manufacturing innovators, said Kristin Hirst, Corporate Education Partnerships, Discovery Education. “We are invested in showcasing stimulating manufacturing careers that empower kids to ‘see that they can be’ solution-seekers and problem-solvers who create products to help shape our world.”

As manufacturing continues to evolve and require 21st-century skill-sets, employers have continued to develop a pipeline of qualified workers who are passionate about the industry. Manufacture Your Future empowers educators to connect to classroom-based STEM lessons and enriched, real-world career experiences. These experiences provide students with opportunities to gain valuable workplace skills prior to graduation. The initiative encourages the development of critical thinking skills through real-world applications. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the comprehensive program offers standards-based resources focused on STEM; lesson plans; a manufacturing career guide; family discussion starters; and virtual field trips to give students an up-close look at some of today’s most prominent manufacturing careers.

“The ability to have students, educators and parents connect with advanced STEM concepts in an innovative way strengthens our efforts to engage this generation,” said Dacia Jones, STEM Coach, Durham, North Carolina. “The ‘Manufacture Your Future’ Virtual Field Trip increases our aim of fostering the curiosity of youth, while engaging them in practical applications of science, technology, engineering and math, and how those disciplines can be used to pursue careers in STEM.”

Every year during National Manufacturing Day, Arconic comes together with more than 1,600 manufacturers across the country to motivate the next generation of manufacturing leaders and innovators. Participants can join the celebration by sharing their Manufacturing Day ideas and inspiration with @DiscoveryEd on social media using #ManufactureYourFuture for a chance to have their classrooms featured during our virtual event.

For more information on the program or to access the site’s free resources, visit Manufacture Your Future materials are also available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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