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Popular Series HOW IT’S MADE to Serve as Official Event Program

ROCKFORD, Ill., July 28, 2016 – Science Channel has joined Manufacturing Day for the fourth consecutive year as official media partner, and the network’s popular series HOW IT’S MADE has been named the official event program.  Science Channel’s involvement will provide resources to participants in the national initiative—a grassroots effort by manufacturers to improve public perception of manufacturing in America by coordinating awareness-raising activities across the country on October 7, 2016 and continuing throughout October.  Science Channel will support Manufacturing Day across its portfolio, including the extremely popular manufacturing-focused series HOW IT’S MADE, online on ScienceChannel.com, across the Science Channel social media platforms, and into classrooms nationwide via Discovery Education. 
 
Manufacturing Day brings together thousands of manufacturers to host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), and Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM) serve as a panel of co-producers to provide centralized support and coordination for a broad array of simultaneous events.

“Manufacturing Day provides a way for industry, schools, and government to collaborate and offer the public an opportunity to see how U.S. products are manufactured right in their own communities,” said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the FMA. “We are pleased to have the continued support of the Science Channel and its television show HOW IT’S MADE.  They help to spark greater interest in pursuing science, engineering, technology and other needed careers in the manufacturing sector. Their annual marathon of HOW IT’S MADE shows on Manufacturing Day and their promotion of local activities in the month leading up to Manufacturing Day reaches and inspires millions of potential visitors to Manufacturing Day events.”

To further support this effort, Discovery Education the leading provider of standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will offer a robust collection of STEM and STEM CAREERS resources to support students, families and educators, including more than 100 episodes of HOW IT’S MADE for classroom use.
 
In addition, Manufacture Your Future, an online program provided in partnership by the Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education, provides middle and high school students, educators and families with hands-on resources that build excitement around advanced manufacturing career opportunities. The program features cross-curricular lesson plans and virtual field trips to Alcoa’s global facilities that connect classroom STEM skills to today’s modern manufacturing industry.
 
To learn more about Manufacturing Day, visit www.mfgday.com. Organizations that wish to become involved as official sponsors should call 888-394-4362 or email info@mfgday.com

For more information on Science Channel, visit ScienceChannel.com, facebook.com/Science Channel and twitter.com/Science Channel.

For more information about each of the co-producers, please contact:

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.
Patricia Lee
Project Manager – MFG DAY
(815) 227-8286

National Institute of Standards & Technology
Jennifer Huergo
Director of Media Relations
(301) 975-6343

National Association of Manufacturers and
The Manufacturing Institute
Mallory Micetich
Director, Media Relations
(202) 637-3085

Industrial Strength Marketing
Joey Strawn
Integrated Marketing Director
(866) 529-8908


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