With over 2500 people engaging with makers and manufacturers over the course of two days, our 3rd Annual Making Montana event was a great success. We continue to build on that success with more connections in 2020.
Making Montana builds networks and community while highlighting 21st century skills in the workplace and beyond. Exhibitors bring hands-on activities to engage students and the public, building skills in an accessible and enticing way. The event addresses the talent shortage in the manufacturing and tech industries and increases career opportunities for the emerging workforce.
"We made many connections that are very relevant and useful to us. All of our time was well spent. We are a young organization and this is just the kind of networking we need. And it was tons of fun as a bonus."
1. Network of Stakeholders
To create a network of manufacturers, learning organizations and economic development resources to grow the emerging workforce. Investing in the emerging workforce ensures long-term economic success in the Flathead Valley.
2. Local Career Opportunities
To raise students' awareness about local manufacturing and technology opportunities so that they look to local businesses and education when considering future careers.
3. Skills in Schools
To raise the awareness of teachers and school administrators about the skills needed to be successful in manufacturing and technology today. Greater awareness may lead to more skill development opportunities in local schools.
4. Maker Skills Applied
To raise awareness of the interrelationship between maker skills and manufacturing and technology skills. Heightened awareness sill lead to a better understanding of career and business opportunities in the Flathead Valley.
5. Life-long Learning
To celebrate making, manufacturing and technology so that more people understand the value of inventing, experimenting and making things with your hands. Uplifting the status of these pursuits leads to a culture of life-long learning, community engagement and economic prosperity.
21st Century Skills
Making Montana strives to connect students to the importance of 21st Century Skills, which contributes to their success in school and in their future careers.
Collaboration: Working Together as a Team
Creativity: Coming Up with New Ideas
Problem Solving: Carefully exploring a Topic with Curiosity
Communication: Exchanging Information and Ideas