Category Archives: STEM Education

Manufacturing Day 2014

Since our company began in the 1950s, we’ve become known for installing and servicing mechanical truck scales throughout the Southeast and have grown from a small sales and services scales company to a quality supplier of industrial sales equipment, material batching and blending, data collection, and other services. We work closely with a variety of shipping, freight, energy, construction, and consumer product companies throughout the country. They constantly rely on our products and services for their day-to-day operations. This is one of the many reasons why we support manufacturing in America and manufacturing day on Friday, October 3, 2014.

Manufacturing day is meant to address common misperceptions about the manufacturing industry as a whole. It also encourages manufacturers to welcome in guests and show them their manufacturing facilities. According to the official Manufacturing Day Organization, manufacturers will be able to make the public aware of the lack of skilled labor, promote manufacturing to young students, and portray manufacturing in a positive light.

Regardless of your location throughout the country, there is sure to be a Manufacturing Day event close to you. Visit the Manufacturing Day website to find an event nearby where manufacturers are inviting guests into their companies and to learn more about the fascinating manufacturing industry. A variety of schools, organizations, and other institutions are also participating in manufacturing day by hosting events.

American manufacturers are currently manufacturing more than they ever used to, with output at record levels. Although manufacturing in America is at record levels, many people are concerned about jobs in related fields. For example, the type of work is changing, with the U.S. manufacturing things like jet engines, and advanced technology. The shift from simpler manufacturing of electronics to complex products has caused a change in the number of manufacturing jobs and the pay. Manufacturers are working tirelessly to address this and to portray American manufacturing in a favorable light.

We are proud to be a part of America’s growing and robust manufacturing sector. Our clients, distributors, and employees each contribute great things to American manufacturing.

Celebrating the Mathematics of Sustainability

There is no getting around it; America’s education system has dropped the ball when it comes to math and science.  According to the National Math + Science Initiative, only 45% of U.S. high school graduates are ready for college-level math, and a shockingly low 30% are ready for college-level science. Have we always been in this position? The answer is a firm, no. Not long ago, 25 years to be exact, the U.S. led the world in high school and college math and science graduation rates. Today, we are 20th and 16th respectively.  This educational vacuum is not just a shame, but also a matter of national security and even more important, our survival on Earth. The world is getting more technically advanced by the second, there is no room to stand still, let alone fall so far behind.

It is with this in mind that the STEM Education Coalition is encouraging educators, parents, and students to take the month of April to celebrate National Mathematics Awareness Month. This year, a group of the leading mathematical organizations, decided on the Mathematics of Sustainability as the theme of the month.  The general idea behind this timely theme is that humanity needs to use mathematics to help balance human needs and the world’s resources.

The hope is that we can get students excited about STEM fields, by linking math and science to the future of humanity. In many ways, this connection could not be clearer.  Only a strong dose of math and logic, can secure the ecological and geopolitical future of the human race.

With many of our clients facing a skills gap in their manufacturing operations or in their engineering staff, it is imperative that more focus on math education is championed in and out of our public and private school systems.  Manufacturing is a key element to our economic recovery and ongoing stability and as a country we need to begin somewhere, and spreading the word about Mathematics Awareness Month is a great place to start. To learn more on how you can take part in Mathematics Awareness Month, visit their website at www.mathaware.org