WASHINGTON, -  The Manufacturing Institute is capturing best practices of Dream It. Do It. programs that have successfully engaged youth in manufacturing and STEM-related activities. These best practices will cumulate into the Inspiring the Next Generation toolkit with the purpose of engaging students in STEM pathways and manufacturing careers.

The DIDI500 is an annual rubber band powered car race put on by St. Bonaventure University, along with local high schools and local manufacturing companies. Competing in teams of 4, students from area high schools design, build, test, race, and market a rubber band powered car.

Students test and tweak their cars before the final race in an effort to create a polished, marketable final product. Following the car race, students are given time to create a marketing pitch to be presented to a panel of judges.

Learn more about how Dream It. Do It. is inspiring the next generation to pursue manufacturing careers.

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