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BAMA gives back to the community by offering sponsorships to local robotics teams and STEM programs. If your school is interested in a BAMA sponsorship, please complete this form and send it back to the BAMA office.

Manufacturing Month

Each year, on the first Friday in October, students across the nation tour manufacturing facilities and learn about the products made in their own back yard. Florida has led the nation in the number of tours for several years in a row!  

BAMA celebrates the entire month of October with tours, events, an Expo and participation in fundraising activities.

How can a manufacturer participate?
Consider opening your doors to a student tour. You will be matched with a high school or middle school in your neighborhood.
• Get a team of coworkers together to participate in the Manufacturing 5K or register as an event sponsor.
• Get a table at the Made In Tampa Bay Expo and display what you make and how your industry benefits Tampa Bay.
• Participate in the Manufacturing job fair.

How can the general public participate?
• Encourage your local school to participate in Manufacturing Day or ask us for a manufacturer to speak to students about the varied careers in manufacturing.
Run, Walk, Paddle or Sponsor at the Manufacturing 5K.
• Consider Sponsorship at one of our events.
• Attend the Made in Tampa Bay Expo to see what’s made right here in Tampa Bay.
• Attend the Manufacturing Job Fair to see what jobs are available.

To reach our goal of offering these events and scholarships to STEM education, we are asking for support from local businesses and the public. Any questions can be directed to admin@bama-fl.org.


FLATE was established in 2002 with the aim of helping Tampa Bay Region Community Colleges develop two year degree programs that would support manufacturing with the region. In 2004, FLATE, was designated a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence in high-technology manufacturing to address the needs of technician education within Florida. FLATE continues to receive NSF support to assure that it is the go-to organization related to manufacturing and advanced technical education that includes best practices and resources to support the high performance skilled workforce development for Florida's manufacturing sectors.

The A.S. Engineering Technology (ET) degree and certificate programs conceived, engineered, and coordinated by FLATE is the first of its kind to offer a cohesive, comprehensive, fully articulated inter-institutional program which focuses on a set of core courses covering introductory computer-aided drafting, electronics, instrumentation and testing, processes and materials, quality and safety. These core skills support the Florida workforce, and align with the national Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician certification, providing value added benefits to industry. The Engineering Technology Core coupled with a second year degree specialization prepares students for jobs in manufacturing and high-technology industries. The award winning A.S. ET degree is approved by the Florida Department of Education and is offered by all of the State and Community Colleges within the Greater Tampa Bay Region.

FLATE facilitates exemplary industry partnerships, technician workforce opportunity, and educational synergy throughout Florida.  this is accomplished by grass roots efforts that connect industry identified workforce skills to targeted educational endeavors among the State and Community Colleges across the State.  FLATE also uses its resources to develop extensive sTEm and manufacturing outreach activities for K-12 students and professional development for sTEm educators to support the engineering technician workforce in Florida.



BAMA helped sponsor the home-schooled Trinity robotics teams #6430 and #6430B, The Trinity Dragons,
to compete at the World Championship in Kentucky in April 2015. www.vexrobotics.org Here is a video of their adventure.
Great job, Dragons!

Trinity robotics teams 6430 A/B competed in Miami on Oct. 11, 2015. Their A team won the tournament and B team came in second.
Currently, they are 1st (team 6430-B)and 3rd (team 6430-A) in the World for Robot skills; and 1st and 8th for programming skills in the world.
For the past two years, BAMA has sponsored this club.

Our newest team to support - The East Lake Team 79 Krunch Robotics
See attached donation receipt

BAMA also supports the Robotics Team at Middleton High School in Tampa.


Robotics summer camps

Five-day hands-on camp with grade-appropriate professional instruction with in-camp support from Florida Advanced Technology Education Center (FLATE)

FLATE's 5-day Summer Robotics Camps use Lego Mindstorm EV3 Robots for high school and middle school students

Web: www.fl-ate.org/projects/camps.html

FLATE Robotics Camp
BSSB (Brandon Student Services Bldg 218)
Hillsborough Community College
Brandon Campus
10414 E. Columbus Drive; Tampa, FL 33619

Camp Details:
Monday – Friday / 8:30am – 4pm
Costs: $175 per week for EV3 Camps
$200 per week for High School

For More Information:
Email: camps@fl-ate.org
Phone: (813) 259-6578

Scholarships are available!

For more information go to FLATE website


STEM and Science Fairs

The 2015 Science and Engineering Fairs for Pinellas and Hillsborough counties are as scheduled:
February 08 • Seminole Middle School, 8701 131st St. N, Seminole FL 33776
February 10 • Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602

Every winter, hundreds of students in the Tampa Bay region participate in “Science and Engineering” or STEM Fairs with individual projects. BAMA offers a prize for both junior and senior divisions for projects that support manufacturing and sends a team of judges to select the BAMA winners in each county.
If you are interested in judging one of these 2 events for the BAMA team, please contact the BAMA office.



2013 Pinellas County Science and Engineering Fair

Manufacturing Award Winners:

Kelsey Augustin- "Shrink vs Swell"

Zachary Odom- "Parabola Power"


BAMA structures its STEM impact practices to support STEM skilled workforce development

STEM goes to Work program provides student/parent guided visits to a manufacturing facility. This activity brings students (and parents) into a manufacturing facility for a personalized tour and learning experience. The optimal execution of this program would include a pre and post attitude / knowledge survey about manufacturing in general and specific interest in pursuit of a manufacturing career.

Tampa, FL – Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. (SMT) will announce tomorrow a new initiative sponsored by the Bay Area Manufacturing Association to give students an insider perspective on careers in manufacturing through site visits to manufacturing facilities. STEM Goes to Work” brings together both sides of the Bay by giving students in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties the opportunity to visit local manufacturing plants and meet with local business leaders. Speaking will be Larry R. Plank Ed.S. Director of K-12 STEM Education for Hillsborough Public Schools and Mark Sharp Hillsborough County Commissionaire.

The new initiative will support ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the critical role that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education plays in ensuring that the U.S. remains the economic and technological leader in today’s global marketplace. The program is designed to show students how STEM studies can lead to successful careers in manufacturing.

“STEM Goes to Work” events will take place each quarter with the first one scheduled for March 31, 2012. On that day in Hillsborough County, students from Greco School will tour Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. During “STEM Goes to Work” events, executive manufacturing leaders will be available to meet with students to highlight the benefits of pursuing one of the many available positions in the manufacturing field. Food and beverages will follow the information sessions.

“Unfortunately, U.S. manufacturing suffers from an image problem dating back to when some companies began moving production offshore to China in the 1990s,” said Roy Sweatman, president of Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. of Tampa, FL. “U.S. manufacturing was inaccurately portrayed as a ‘dying industry’ and an unattractive career choice. Nothing can be further than the truth. Manufacturing in the U.S. is alive and well and has enjoyed 29 straight months of growth.”

“STEM Goes to Work is designed to teach students that and there are tens of thousands of great, well paying manufacturing jobs right here in Florida,” said Sweatman.

Recent economic data shows that manufacturing is driving America’s economic recovery. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy gained 50,000 manufacturing jobs in January 2012. Over the past two years, the U.S. manufacturing sector has expanded by about 10 percent. Additionally, as costs rise in China, more manufacturing jobs are returning home.

In Florida, the fourth quarter of 2011 brought a year-over-year net gain of 8,500 factory jobs, with the state adding 5,600 manufacturing jobs in December 2011 alone. Further, factory jobs on average pay nearly $51,850 a year, approximately 25% more than average wages in the state, according to the Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation.

While the numbers of manufacturing jobs and wages are growing, manufacturers are experiencing great difficulty in finding qualified candidates to fill these positions. A recent Deloitte report based on a survey of manufacturers found that as many as 600,000 jobs are going unfilled.

“Programs like STEM Goes to Work can help close the skills gap,” said Janet Bryant, STEM Goes to Work Committee Chair, Director of Corporate Development for iDatix. Our hope is that this program will spark interest in manufacturing jobs and bring these career options into the minds of today’s students so this industry can continue to grow.”

Northeast High Academy of Information Technology tour to Jabil on Jan 21st 2013


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