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October 13, 2015

Tuesday, October 13

Mainland High School Academy of Simulation and Robotics  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM will tour Raydon and Bob’s Space Racers in their t-shirts!  Lou Fifer Education Golf Tournament dollars are paying for the bus, lunch and substitute teachers so we can get the students out to the manufacturers.

 Spruce Creek High School Academy of Information Technology and Robotics  Noon – 3:00PM:  Paula Heiret, Command Medical and Keith Jordon, Florida Memorial Medical Center, will teach Lean 6S to the Juniors and organize the area where they will build the First Robotics robot in January.  She and her team will be there every Tuesday during Manufacturing Month!

Great News!! Fastenal plans to provide mobile storage units our First Robotics team can take with them to competitions. Thank you, Fastenal!

Last Week

2015 Boston Whaler trip

Dennis Humphrey and his students
Director, Engineering Academy
New Smyrna Beach HS

John Barbier at Boston Whaler,  set up a tour so the students would follow the design process from design to testing to manufacturing, with several different types of engineers lined up to talk with  students.


2015 DeLand Engineering 1 presentationStudents at DeLand High School working on the Introduction to Manufacturing Ice Breaker.  Thank you to our speakers from Sparton:  Patrick Harkness, Zack Glascott and Steven Jones!!  

 2015 DeLand Engineering 2 presentation

Jennifer Snyder, president, Jenzano, rocked the Manufacturing story on

2015 MHS  Intro Jen SnyderFriday, October 9, to over 100 Mainland High School Academy of Design Manufacturing and Simulation and Robotics students!



 Coming Up- What’s the Buzz? 

Manufacturing Champions School Counselor Tour is October 23 and we are busy at work making it happen.  Collecting goody bag items and door prizes, ordering the lunch at the Celebration Place in Ormond Beach, securing the busses.  Wayne Van Orden is making the maps, collecting information for the resource guides. Teledyne, Thompson Pump, Medtronic and Hudson are preparing for the tours.  We heard this from Amy Hall, Ph.D., the head of the Volusia County Schools Counselors: “I am so excited…the counselors are talking about the tour. It is on our weekly emails and has been discussed at every monthly meeting. You have ignited the conversation!!!”

Mark Your Calendar for Activities Open to All:

October 27  VMA Pine Ridge HS Advanced Manufacturing Academy Ribbon Cutting 9:00-9:30 AM  926 Howland Blvd, Deltona, FL 32738. For more information call VMA at 386.673.0505.

October 27   Galaxy Middle School 3D Printer Ribbon Cutting, 11:00 AM,  2400 Eustace Ave, Deltona, FL 32725.

November 12   VMA CEO Leadership Series Speaker, Huw Bower, president, Boston Whaler

LPGA, 1000 Champion Blvd., Daytona Beach.  Dinner meeting 5:30 – 8:00 PM   Networking 5:30, Dinner Served  6:15.  Cost: $30.00.   RSVP to 386.673.0505 or VMAonline.com.

November 13   Conducting the Internal Workplace Investigation, Speaker: Wendy Evans, Lockheed Martin, Senior Corporate Investigator 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Lunch Included, Daytona State College, 3000 Bergengren Hall, Bldg. 110, Room 249, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Price: $195.00 (lunch, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks provided) To Register:  Contact Joanne at 386.506.4224 or [email protected].  DSC accepts checks, credit cards (MasterCard, VISA), purchase orders or company billing.  (please tell Joanne you are a VMA member) This program is brought to you in partnership with the Daytona State College’s Center for Business and Industry and the VMA.

November 18   VMA Plant Tour, Kingspan, 726 Summerhill Dr., DeLand 32720.  9:00-10:00 AM, RSVP 386.673.0505 or www.VMAonline.com/events.

December 4  35th Anniversary Awards Banquet at Plaza Resort and Spa.  5:30-9:00 PM.  Sponsorships Available Now.

Manufacturing Rocks!!