The Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, in partnership with the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Floor360, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Calhoun College and Career Academy, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy, Go Build Georgia, and Shaw Industries, hosted an event for high school students in honor of National Manufacturing Day. The goal was to raise awareness of manufacturing, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.
The “Shark Tank” inspired event was held on Monday, October 3rd, 2017 at Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Dalton, GA from 9:00am until noon. Four startup companies of Georgia Tech students (Synapse, Sumo Robot League, Phoenix Rescue, Wish for Wash) along with Chris Oberste, a Materials Science Engineering PhD student at Georgia Tech, gave a 10-minute overview of their company's product or technology and how it was developed. Then each company and Mr. Oberste moved to a breakout area where they worked with several groups of students from Calhoun College and Career Academy and Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy. The assembly of over 100+ students were split into teams, brainstormed solutions to a problem relevant to the company, and presented their findings to their breakout group. A winning solution/team was selected by the startup company and each of the five winning teams presented their solution to the whole assembly of students. Awards were given to each winning team. Shaw Industries provided lunch for participants and gift cards to the winning teams.
"Calhoun College and Career Academy was excited to partner with Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy and the Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, along with our other partners, to provide our students with an engaging, meaningful experience that exemplifies the creativity and innovation expected in the manufacturing industry. Our goal is to prepare all students with a skill set to meet the workforce needs of Northwest Georgia," stated Dr. Brittney Wilson, CEO, Calhoun College and Career Academy.