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MakerMinded Web Portal Takes Ohio Students Inside Advanced Manufacturing

Posted on Mar 30, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH (March 30, 2017)—Today the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) national manufacturing institute announced the launch of MakerMinded across Ohio. The effort is made in partnership with Battelle and Tennessee Tech University’s iCube.  MakerMinded is a new online STEM learning and competition platform designed to inspire students about advanced manufacturing and provide them with transformational STEM learning experiences that set them on track towards 21st century manufacturing careers. 

MakerMinded’s digital platform will connect Ohio students to leading-edge STEM and advanced manufacturing education experiences, while galvanizing participating students and schools around a student-driven, pro-manufacturing campaign and competition. The platform’s goal is to provide students access to the right programs that will encourage and prepare them for further education and careers in advanced manufacturing.  Examples of programs included on the platform are Learning Blade, a mission-driven online STEM curriculum; Science Olympiad, standards-based science challenges; and the “LIFT Assembly Line” Virtual Reality game. 

“Manufacturers across the country lament a widening skills gap—which is projected to leave 2.5 million jobs unfilled over the next decade if we don’t act now to engage and prepare a skilled workforce,” said Emily DeRocco, director, education and workforce, LIFT.  “MakerMinded is a game-changing strategy that has the potential to re-write the future of not only manufacturing, but also today’s young students, who need the inspiration, experiences and skills to pursue meaningful careers.”

Battelle will recruit students through the Ohio STEM Learning Network. The network was founded in 2008 and today represents 35 STEM schools across the state. Battelle manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network as part of the company’s commitment to preparing the next generation of innovators.

Parents and students understand that STEM careers are lucrative. That’s not the problem. Instead, we must find ways to show students that these majors and jobs could be the right option for them. That’s where MakerMinded comes in,” said Aimee Kennedy, Senior Vice-President of Education, STEM Learning, and Philanthropy at Battelle. “By delivering fun, self-driven learning experiences, MakerMinded will show more students that STEM is for them.”

Manufacturing employs around 700,000 Ohioans with a total payroll of $39 billion, according to the Ohio Manufacturers Association. The industry is hugely important to Ohio’s economy, ranking the largest of any other sector and accounting for more than 16% of the state’s output.

The MakerMinded Ohio competition will officially launch in August 2017 at the start of the school year.

Watch a video to discover how MakerMinded works.

Students, schools, employers and others interested in joining the MakerMinded campaign should visit

About LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

LIFT is a Detroit-based, public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training initiatives to better prepare the workforce today and in the future. LIFT is one of the founding institutes of Manufacturing USA, and is funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers.

Battelle also manages a range of successful projects bringing quality STEM education to students including the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, and the national STEMx network.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or At MakerMinded, call Jacey Cavanagh at (610) 637-2796 or

About iCube

Tennessee Tech University’s iCube is a place where students and faculty Imagine, Inspire, and Innovate. We are a leader in advancing collaborative solutions with extensive experience in public policy marketing campaigns and virtual reality development. To learn more about our center, please visit

Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544