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Manufacturing Day in Florida
October 4, 2013

Made in Florida

On January 15, 2013, the HEF newsletter focused on STEM resources available to home education students in Florida.  Those resources were focused around Robotic Competitions.  Robotics are a great way to ignite your children’s love of science, technology, mathematics and eventually engineering. Check out the resources and competitions in the January newsletter at

Another way to ignite their interest is to let them see how STEM and robotics are used in the real world on Manufacturing Day in Florida, October 4, 2013.  See the information at  The statewide event is designed to open students’ eyes to the many careers available in manufacturing right here, right now in their area of Florida.

It is late, but if you get on the bandwagon quickly and contact Desh Bagley @ or 813.253.7838, she may be able to set up a field trip for your group to a manufacturer in your area.  Let the kids see STEM at work.  They can develop a vision for their future.

Here are a few of the reasons you should be engaging your child in STEM.

  1. Florida is home to nearly 18,000 manufacturing establishments that employ close to 371,000 people.
  2. Florida’s manufacturing companies have a total payroll of more than $18.0 billion and pay an average wage of approximately $48,630.
  3. The Cloud is expected to generate approximately 14 million new jobs and $1.1 trillion in profits by the year 2015.
  4. “STEM Jobs In Demand in Florida, Statewide Summary–July 2013,” shows that the major occupational groups with the most online ads in July were healthcare practitioners and technical occupations; computer and mathematical occupations; business and financial operations occupations; and architecture and engineering occupations.
  5. Florida educational pathways are focused on High Skill/High wage Careers in Engineering Technology, Manufacturing, Internet Technology and Skilled Trades.

Watch future newsletters for more information on STEM. HEF is working on ways to help you engage your children.

HEF is constantly working on ways to help make your home education journey more productive and exciting.

P.S. If you have a story to share about how HEF has helped you, how your family has benefited from home education, or a question you would like to ask Brenda, please e-mail it here.

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