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The First STEM School in the Nation for Students with Special Needs to Host Free Family-Friendly Showcase of Discovery and Technology.

The Help Group’s STEM3 Academy will be hosting its second annual Very Special Innovation Fair – equal parts science fair, high-tech exhibition, art show, and community carnival. The free event will be a family-friendly celebration of talent, imagination and discovery from young STEM enthusiasts, as well as some of the region’s innovative companies. Last year’s event proved to be very successful with 500+ in attendance. STEM3 is the first school in the nation to provide a STEM curriculum to students with special needs.

Inspired in part by the Maker Movement, the event will have specific areas geared toward grade school, middle school, and high school ages and interests. In each area, there will be interactive opportunities for young people and families to build things, get involved in experiments and demonstrations, and take various gadgets for a test drive. The Very Special Innovation Fair will take place Saturday, Nov. 4 at the STEM3 Academy Valley Glen campus in Los Angeles.

Washington

Nanoscale Material Reporting is in Effect

By Lynn L. Bergeson

After a decade of trying, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now has in effect a final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) information gathering rule focusing on nanoscale materials. This article explains the final rule, what stakeholders are required to do, and by when.

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Choosing the Router and Tools for Foam Packaging

By Chris Montouchet

Foam packaging is a shipping necessity that should never be taken for granted. In that respect, manufacturers and subcontractors have always understood the importance of shock-proof foam packaging for protecting the high-value or technical product inside. Yet, issues with foam, if not fully addressed during the packaging process, are likely to negatively impact the quality of the product by the time of its arrival.

One mistake comes from the belief that generic tools for CNC routers are capable of cutting all types of foam, regardless of density. Such approaches can be and have been costly much to the chagrin of the shipper and customer because the foam inside was improperly cut and failed to protect the merchandise.

All foams are not the same; neither are the tools and knives that cut them. For that reason, shippers need to understand both tooling and router design to assure product safety and customer satisfaction.

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Ten fellows of the L’Oreal USA For Women in Science program receive grants to fund mentoring projects in their communities.

The L'Oréal USA For Women in Science program chose 10 winners of its Changing the Face of STEM (CTFS) mentoring grants. The projects awarded exemplify a broad range of activities and partnerships focused on mentoring and engaging girls and women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), from preschool to graduate school. The $2,500 grants will help fund STEM programs throughout the country.

"Inspiring the next generation of women in STEM is a key component of the For Women in Science program," says Lauren Paige, vice president of public affairs and strategic initiatives at L'Oréal USA. "We are proud to build on this commitment through our Changing the Face of STEM grant program and support our fellows in their efforts to promote STEM education in communities across the country."  

Profitability

Technologies Move beyond Operations to Transform Sales and Marketing

By Stefan Guertzgen

The chemical industry is at a crossroads. Faced with market unpredictability, increased regulations and products that are quickly moving toward commoditization, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain reasonable margins. A few companies are finding success by developing break-through products, but true revolutionary innovations are hard to uncover. Instead, most chemical manufacturers have responded by reducing costs with operational efficiencies. One area that is often overlooked, however, is sales and marketing. This department continues to deploy traditional approaches to selling, despite rising expenses. In fact, a recent study from McKinsey indicates that average sales, general and administrative (SG&A) costs increased by as much as 10% over the last decade. Fortunately, new technology solutions and data analytics are offering surprising models for selling products and related services. With these new strategies, chemical companies are finding it is possible to preserve margins while adding new revenue streams. 

Northeast

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program spent National Manufacturing Day celebrating some key players in the state’s industry.

Five New Jersey-based companies and one individual, out of 24 finalists, were recognized for their contributions to the Garden State’s $44.5 billion manufacturing industry during New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Inc. (NJMEP)’s sixth annual “Made in New Jersey” Manufacturing Day. The event, which coincided with National Manufacturing Day and Manufacturing Week, took place October 6th at The Bridgewater Marriott and drew about 500 attendees including manufacturers, legislators, students and supporters.

Midwest

A lack of integration stands between manufacturing companies and digital transformation benefits of IoT.

The more a manufacturing operation is equipped to meet and understand the Internet of Things (IoT), the more competitive it will be going forward. A new study, however, shows that most manufacturers are not equipped in this way at this time. IFS, a global enterprise applications company, conducted a survey among 200 IoT decision makers at industrial companies in North America, and only 16 percent of respondents consume IoT data in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. That means 84 percent of industrial companies face a disconnect between data from connected devices and strategic decision making and operations, limiting the digital transformation potential of IoT.

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International

The Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity aims to use open innovation to forge greater collaboration and benefit the world economy.

Following the announcement made at the Global Manufacturing & Industrialization Summit (GMIS) in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, unveiled the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity at an interactive session on Innovation and Technology during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72) in New York.

“The Initiative for Global Prosperity is a gift from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aimed towards manufacturing innovation that serves humanity and promotes global prosperity,” says Dr. Al Zeyoudi.

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