The purpose of this organization, the Foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, is to provide manufacturing camps and scholarships to young people interested in pursuring a career in jobs that require hands-on skills.
Their goal is to help individuals discover the passion for making things. And to that end, they are hosting a number of summer camps for girls and boys, ages 12-16, all around the country.
There's a camp specifically for girls - GADgET (Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering & Technology) - a great place to send those good in math! There's a Biomedical Technology camp as well as Robotics and much more.
Campers design and build a product experiencing the start to finish satisfaction of creating something they can show off with pride. Throughout the process, they learn how to do CAD design and operate various kinds of manufacturing machinery under the close supervision of expert manufacturing trainers.
They will also tour local manufacturing facilities learning what kinds of jobs exist, what skills and training are required, and how those businesses developed.
They will have the opportunity to hear directly from local manufacturing company owners how they started their businesses, applying basic entrepreneurship principles to understand how a single product idea becomes a business.