Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Manufacturing Opportunities through Science and Technology
In 1994, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education developed the Manufacturing Opportunities through Science and Technology (MOST) program. Sponsored by Oak Ridge Centers for Manufacturing Technology (ORCMT), the program provides high school teachers with the opportunity to acquire manufacturing knowledge and incorporate this information into their lesson plans.
The MOST program’s goal is to increase and improve manufacturing education. Conducted over a four-week summer period at ORCMT, the program focuses on how to transfer manufacturing knowledge to the school system and classroom setting by preparing a well-structured, academic-year plan. More than fifty teachers from various manufacturing education areas such as science, mathematics, and technology have participated in the training program. The Manufacturing Skills Campus provided teachers with hands-on, practical manufacturing demonstrations in product design, product planning, product fabrication, product certification, and process evaluation. In addition, the MOST program presented guided tours through several manufacturing facilities, including the Saturn Plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Here, the teachers observed manufacturing and operational skills in a working environment.
Since its start, the MOST program has introduced new programs, modified existing programs, and incorporated new materials into the classrooms. In addition, the program has produced educator teams with enhanced levels of manufacturing skills, educators who serve as representatives for education reform, and changes in the way educators and students view the mixing of vocational and academic skills.
The measured results of the MOST program mirror its accomplishments. Results of the program include the successful introduction and strengthening of curriculum-related manufacturing; the improved appreciation, understanding, and value of vocational and academic programs; and the rise in manufacturing-career choices by students.
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