This past Friday October 7, National Manufacturing Day, 210 middle school boys and girls from Bristol, Hartford, Naugatuck, Plainville, Plantsville, Southington and West Simsbury came together for our fifth annual Connecticut. Dream It. Do It. Manufacturing Mania – and had a blast!
The event was hosted at the Radisson Cromwell Hotel in Cromwell, Conn. The students got a chance to talk with manufacturers, participate in hands-on workshops and team-based competitions, and hear from state leaders about how manufacturing impacts our lives every day. About 20 exhibitors including manufacturers, community colleges and CT Technical High Schools were also present. Among our VIP guest speakers were Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, CT DECD Deputy Commissioner Bart Kollen, Dept. of Education Chief Academic Officer Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez, and CT State Colleges and Universities System President Mark Ojakian.
The students also had a chance to see and tour the Goodwin College Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Laboratory.