S.T.R.E.A.M. Kids Expo Highlights manufacturing day event

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This year’s Manufacturing Day event to be held Oct. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the College of the Canyons student center will feature a unique expo that brings the youth perspective to the advanced career presentation.

The evening presentation of speakers and displays will join forces with S.T.R.E.A.M. Kids Expo™, founded by Saugus High School senior and engineering student Niamani Knight.

“For the past three years I’ve attended Manufacturing Day and this year I am excited to bring the S.T.R.EA.M. Kids Expo concept of interactive learning to the event,” Knight said.

“I can’t wait for my peers to explore some of the amazing companies I’ve had the privilege of working with in the areas of manufacturing and technology,” she said.

“Kids will not only be blown away by what they see at the event, they will connect the dots of their education to career by having ‘real deal’ conversations with industry experts.”

According to Knight, there are more than 200,00 jobs available in the manufacturing industry.

“Students should know this is a booming career option,” she said.

James McKinney of Google’s Startup Grind will speak on the topic of the skills and characteristics today’s employers are seeking.

In addition, displays and activities explaining opportunities in design, engineering, fabrication, robotics and distribution will be available.

The William S. Hart Union High School District, College of the Canyons, the city of Santa Clarita, the SCV Economic Development Corp. and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting are in their fourth year joining schools and organizations across the nation in celebrating National Manufacturing Day.

On Oct. 5, some 1,000 students from across the Hart School District will travel to COC to experience additional activities conducted by many SCV advanced technology providers.

Parking and admission to the Manufacturing Day event is free. For more information, visit www.scvedc.org/mfgday.

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