Making a Difference: How A FLATE Awardee Continues to Affect Positive Changes in Manufacturing Education
of industrial “manufacturing processes” present at the workplace; identifyng applications of STEM in these “processes”, purchase of equipment and software to integrate academic content and industrial applications; manufacturing a product using 3D parametric modeling software (Solidworks), and using the product as an example to showcase applications and integration of STEM disciplines in designing and producing a manufactured piece. (Source: Brevard Public Schools News Release). In an effort to give students a real-world, hands-on experience and knowledge, Portz also struck a partnership with Knight’s Armament a local manufacturer in Titusville to outline its role in defining manufacturing expertise, offering in-kind equipment, materials, and training support. The local industry tie-in has proved highly beneficial in enhancing students’ understanding about high-tech manufacturing operations.
Fellowship by the National Science Foundation. As part of this effort, Portz will be joining a distinguished group of STEM educators from across the nation to provide insight in establishing and operating STEM related education programs, and providing “real world” perspectives to policy makers and program managers developing or managing educational programs. (Source: Einstein Fellowship). Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE says student success is often the result of great teachers working with great industry partners. To that effect, “Steve’s contributions to manufacturing education are exceptional and representative of educators across Florida,” Barger said.