I love behind-the-scenes tours. It’s fascinating to learn how things get made, or even better, observe the process firsthand. Modern manufacturing facilities don’t look like the dark, dirty factories you may have in your mind from old industrial films. Getting the public to understand modern, high-tech manufacturing is one of the reasons we have a National Manufacturing Day.
Manufacturing Day Chicago
National Manufacturing Day is always a big hit in Chicago, given our industrial past. It will be celebrated on Friday, October 4 (or thereabouts). The day provides manufacturers with an opportunity to open their doors and invite the public to get a first-hand look at modern factories. It’s also a way to interest students in technical manufacturing careers and address our country’s skills labor shortage.
With more than 1,100 events throughout North America, there’s a good chance you can find an event near you. But even if you can’t find one or attend IRL, there are virtual events that you can join from anywhere. Some of them even come with comprehensive lesson plans that are great for homeschoolers and classroom teachers alike.
Check the interactive map to see what’s happening in your part of Chicagoland!
If you’re passionate about STEM and its role in building our country’s skilled workforce, check out our STEM Camp Guide, which includes a few manufacturing options (often run through community colleges). And don’t miss this interview with a STEM girl in manufacturing.