With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many schools to shift away from in-person instruction toward a remote learning environment, the challenge of maintaining student engagement takes on increased significance. This is especially true in courses that involve STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
When taught in a traditional in-person setting, STEM courses combine education in the theoretical treatment of the subject (gleaned from written material as found in textbooks) with the practical treatment of the subject (developed via hands-on work from labs, experimentation, and the use of instruments and materials). When shifting to a remote learning environment, the techniques for educating students on the underlying principles of a subject are much easier to transfer successfully than are the more practical hands-on aspects.
To help fill this gap, we have identified some resources that may be used to provide students at the high school or college level with practical hands-on projects that they can perform which will help them supplement their education in STEM subjects.
The resources below contain a mix of different potential project ideas, many of which can be performed from home with a minimal need to purchase special suppliers or materials. Other projects from the resources below, especially those at the college level, will likely require students to make some investment in materials, components, and equipment that would not usually be found in the typical household. These are higher level projects that normally would be accomplished in a college lab class, possibly in a collaborative group setting, under the guidance of an instructor or advisor.Read More »
Industrial manufacturing takes place inside of factories and plants that house the machinery needed to perform specialized operations as part of the production process. The videos below offer a view into the workings of some of these factories to provide you with a look at different manufacturing operations and how they are performed and automated.
The videos have been grouped into sections based on the types of processes shown. Each section presents a description of these processes and links that will enable you to further explore these topics of modern manufacturing.Read More »
With an increase of opportunities for private label manufacturers, we’ve been covering topics like challenges in the industry and popular website designs to help business owners and marketers grow their business. Recently, private label manufacturing sourcing activity has seen steady growth — up 45% year over year.Read More »
Many manufacturers are experiencing changes in demand, slow down, or a spike in services. For the industrial cleaning services sector, there are opportunities to set themselves apart from competitors. Here are some business best practices industrial cleaning services and manufacturers can adopt to deliver a better customer experience and grow their company.Read More »
As the cancellation of trade show events this year causes a ripple across industries, manufacturers and industrial companies who were planning on attending or exhibiting at the events are left with extra budget. Despite the cancellations, there are still opportunities for manufacturers to make meaningful business connections. With digital marketing, businesses can still push toward the lead generation and networking goals they made prior to cancellations.Read More »
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Thomas has been the market leader in the industrial space for over 120 years helping manufacturers, industrial distributors, and service providers reach in-market buyers and grow their businesses. Our marketing, advertising, and product data solutions are engineered to work together at each step of the industrial buying process to grow visibility and traffic, generate new leads, and drive new business for companies of all sizes in the industrial market.Read More »
In 2015, Fortune reported an $18 billion loss for the top 25 U.S. food and beverage companies from the past five years, driven by millennials turning away from processed foods and seeking healthier alternatives with cleaner labels. Today, that trend continues to grow at an excessive pace, signaling that some demands are more of a long-term standard. But many major food and beverage (F&B) companies have shown that they are not as nimble as smaller companies when it comes to adapting to consumer preferences and there are still challenges the food and beverage industry faces.Read More »
Last quarter “steel” was one of the most sourced products on the Thomasnet.com platform. Sheet metal and metal stamping facilities are rising and contributing to the growth of this market. But it also comes as no surprise when steel and metals represent an important supply source to the aerospace, aviation, and medical industries — timely to today’s global pandemic of COVID-19.
So how can steel and metal manufacturing businesses continue the momentum of their business growth? First, make sure you have a clear business plan. Some manufacturers try to grow their manufacturing business by doing everything possible. Choose business goals that are realistic and document them so you can see your milestones and track your growth along the way. You may overwhelm yourself and your employees if you don’t have a clear plan first.Read More »