Maker Month kicks off at Stanley Black & Decker

Published on Thursday, 4 October 2018 21:11
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN – Stanley Black & Decker kicked off National Manufacturing Month on Tuesday by announcing the introduction of Maker Month to celebrate the work of makers and creators.

During October, Stanley Black & Decker will promote activities and challenges to develop curiosity and increase enthusiasm for the power of making. The company encourages school communities, parents and students to participate with the goal of inspiring the next generation of manufacturers.

As part of the campaign, Stanley Black & Decker will run social media contests throughout the month of October in which schools can compete to win funding, services and tools to construct their own in school maker space and become a sponsor of the fourth annual Global Maker Day on Oct. 23. On the same day, Stanley Black & Decker will have an all day online event that will include guest makers, learning spaces, project discussions and coding among other topics.

“Industrial and technological innovations are rapidly changing the nature of work and jobs, with approximately 10 million jobs in the global manufacturing sector unfilled due to the skills gap,” President and CEO Jim Loree said. “With Maker Month and our other maker-focused efforts, we are aiming to enable 10 million creators and makers by 2030 to thrive in this changing world.”

Makers in the United States and Canada, excluding Quebec can participate in the weekly social media contest #MyMaker-MomentSweepstakes with the opportunity of receiving a Stanley Black & Decker tool prize worth up to $1,000. Contests will be announced every Monday in October on the company’s Facebook page. The post will include a prompt to submit a recent project or recreate an activity that demonstrates the power of making. One winner will be selected every Friday after photos or videos of completed projects are uploaded and tagged with #MyMaker-MomentSweepstakes.

“One pillar of our company’s corporate social responsibility focus is on using the power of making to inspire the young creators and doers of the future,” Deb Geyer, vice president of environment, health and safety and corporate social responsibility at Stanley Black & Decker, said. “We believe in the power of this next generation of innovators to dramatically change the world for the better, and we’re honored to be in a position that we can provide all of the tools and a bit of the inspiration that they need to make an impact.”

Stanley Black & Decker has partnered with Discovery Education, a provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, to host the Innovation Generation Contest and give schools across the country an opportunity to win $25,000 to create an in school maker space powered by Stanley Black & Decker tools. The goal is to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM) learning acceleration in schools. Educators and community members over the age of 18 can vote for their school of choice until March 5, 2019. Two schools will receive awards.

Innovation Generation: Making an Impact initiative is part of Stanley Black & Decker’s partnership with Discovery Education. The companies want to empower educators and students to explore careers by building, making and doing.

“Our ‘Innovation Generation’ initiative with Stanley Black & Decker represents an incredible opportunity to inspire young leaders, through innovative digital resources and immersive classroom experiences, to produce 21st-century solutions that solve the world’s most pressing challenges,” Discovery Education Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lori McFarling, said.

In addition, Stanley Black & Decker employees will partner with schools and organizations to lead Maker Month activities. They will work with students to design, build and test projects.

To learn more about Maker Month visit .

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Business, New Britain on Thursday, 4 October 2018 21:11. Updated: Thursday, 4 October 2018 21:14.