Dream It Do It - Student Drone Video Project
The right technology makes all the difference.
Dream It Do It Western New York is on a mission to increase the skilled workforce pipeline that is entering careers in manufacturing. We inspire our region’s next generation workforce to consider careers in advanced manufacturing. We are working hard to spread the word about what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t — eliminating many of the misconceptions that surround today's manufacturing environment.
Today’s students live fully in a digital, high tech world and capturing their attention requires us to engage in their world. The Student Drone Video Project is the kind of project that will turn their heads and turn them on to the amazing advances in technology that manufacturing careers offer.
Your funding of the Student Drone Video Project will help us use the Drone & Video Camera for multiple purposes at major Dream It Do It events in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. Since 2012, Dream It Do It has reached over 23,000 students with its message about excellent careers in advanced manufacturing. With the addition of this equipment, we believe Dream It Do It Western New York will be able to reach many more students and inspire them to look at these in demand careers that drive our region.
The Drone will be used at major events and will act as a Technology demonstration, by highlighting the capabilities of GPS Technology, Wi-Fi proficiency, along with the 3-axis gimbal motor supporting a 1080p video camera. Students will begin to see how the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) disciplines are evolving in the 21st century, inspiring them to reach higher and go further in their education; their imagination is the only lid on how far they can go.
Additionally, the video capabilities will be used at each event throughout our region to market and spread the word of the Dream It Do It Western New York mission. Just as Kick Starter projects are much more successful when they are paired with a video, the message of Dream It Do It will be spread farther, with a much larger impact, with the addition of video production at our large events. Our large Dream It Do It events consist of: County wide technology & STEM Competitions, Career and Vendor Fairs, Manufacturing Tours, Summer STEM Camps any many more! All of these Dream It Do It events will be captured on video and displayed on the home website (www.didiwny.com), and shared on social media pages.
With your help, we will be able to make a bigger impact on the Western New York Region, connecting the future generation with high paying careers and opportunities. Thank you for your consideration and support.
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About Dream it Do It
Dream It Do It (DIDI) is a manufacturing career initiative with a vision to provide a labor force that has the skill and training levels required to meet the demands of industry. DIDI aligns resources bringing together key stakeholders within a system that is result driven, sustainable and meets the needs of employers. DIDI helps identify program development needs by working with primary, secondary and post-secondary education to advise the development of necessary training and education opportunities that help improve human capital to sustain manufacturing. The DIDI initiative coordinates a comprehensive communication strategy to help articulate a clear understanding of the high value, advanced, high tech manufacturing and its enormous contribution to innovation, productivity, economic growth, wealth building and high quality jobs. DIDI implements grassroots activities that are structured as learning activities that expose young people to the world of manufacturing.
It Do It Background
Dream It Do It (DIDI) is a national initiative developed by the Manufacturing Institute, Washington, DC in 2005. The initiative was created to change the public perception of manufacturing and to develop the talent pipeline for manufacturers throughout the United States. In 2009, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) secured the necessary licensing to become part of the DIDI network. The Association then began launching programming with schools in the county in an effort to overcome the misconceptions of manufacturing. The DIDI program highlights manufacturing job opportunities, promotes technical skill training programs and communicates the importance of manufacturing to the local economy.
Manufacturing is a very significant component of the Western New York economy. Manufacturing accounts for $25.5 billion in annual shipments per year. Manufacturing is importing new dollars into the Western New York economy. There are 1,604 manufacturers in the five county region of Western New York. Over 68,300 people are employed in manufacturing jobs in Western New York. Manufacturing represents over $3.5 billion in annual payroll in Western New York. These are new dollars injected into the local economy help pay wages, benefits, mortgages, taxes and purchases of goods and services.
There are six priority skilled job categories including welding, machining, electro-mechanical technician, mechanics, quality assurance inspecting, electrical and production operations. The average salary in these priority roles is $42,000. The average salary in the region is $38,600. Manufacturing is providing Western New Yorkers with great job opportunities that pay 9% above the regional salary average.
Manufacturing provides significant economic value to Western New York, however the industry is struggling to find the workforce it needs to retain its business and grow. In 2009 a survey conducted by the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (spanning 3 of the 5 DIDIWNY counties) identified the need to fill 270 manufacturing jobs on an annual basis. These job openings are largely a result of the retirement of baby boomers and the exit of skilled workers from the manufacturing sector. The lack of a skilled workforce will endanger our manufacturing base. Therefore, the Dream It Do It program is focused on building and leveraging relationships with young people, parents, teachers and counselors to tell the important story about manufacturing and the career opportunities available in this important industry sector.
The testimony of the program participants and companies speaks to the importance of this initiative:
"Dream It Do It has done more to promote STEM than any other initiative available. We see students involved at an unprecedented level in many events including Dream It Do It 500, manufacturing plant tours, Teacher Professional Development Day and Portville Manufacturing Fair. The students are very interested and involved when they attend. It is a pleasure to be involved with the continued development of a program that is so successful in fulfilling its goal of promoting careers in STEM for our future work force."
Hugh Freeborn, Director of Engineering, CUTCO Cutlery Corporation
"I'm a big believer in the Dream It Do It Program because what it's doing is bringing education to the area of U.S. Manufacturing to describe what manufacturing is all about. It is amazing the science, the technology, the engineering, the mathematics, the advanced skill sets that it takes to make the products of today. When you expose that information to the next generation of students you have to overcome a mindset that manufacturing is just like it was in the 1920's a dirty dangerous environment and that's the farthest from the truth."
Congressman Tom Reed, 23rd Congressional District of New York
“When I first left high school I didn’t have an interest in manufacturing at all…now that I have gone through this Dream It Do It Internship I have a big interest and see manufacturing as a potential career choice in the future.”
Richard Dubois Civil & Environmental Engineering Major, Jamestown Community College
“The internship has helped me understand how important certain skills and certain classes are and how they apply to the real world.”
Nick Bowers Mechanical Engineering Major, Jamestown Community College
"In cooperation with Dream It Do It, Dresser-Rand recently hosted over 200 area high school students as part of the third annual 'Manufacturing Day'. The purpose of Manufacturing Day is to draw greater attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide, and to promote the pursuit of skills that will lead to a long-term career in the manufacturing sector. Dresser-Rand provided these students with a career fair and extensive tours of the manufacturing floor, showcasing the many rewarding, highly skilled jobs available in manufacturing in WNY. Our manufacturing base is shrinking at an alarming rate, and Dream It Do It sponsored events such as Manufacturing Day are necessary to reverse this trend and encourage our best and brightest students to pursue careers in manufacturing."
John Stahley, General Manager, Dresser-Rand Olean Operations
“The DIDI program has been a great experience for both parties involved. Ring Precision Components has been able to expose the students to the actual engineering/manufacturing environment they will work in one day and we in turn have been able to evaluate the caliber of students the program is producing. This is the type of partnership industry needs with the educators that are shaping the individuals that will someday drive our companies into the future.”
Greg Timko, Plant Manager, Producto – Ring Precision Components
“As a former Jamestown Community College (JCC) graduate and a new business owner, I am thrilled about the Dream it Do it Program. I wish this program was available to myself while attending JCC. It’s a great opportunity to open doors for our younger generation to stay local. It gives them a chance to learn more about what type of jobs are in our community and how we can all work together to make Chautauqua Country a thriving area.”
Heather Turner, Director of Marketing, Blackstone Advanced Technologies LLC
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges that come with completing this project will be mainly around familiarity of working with the equipment. Currently we are working with a tech vendor that has the same identical piece of drone equipment we are looking to fund and becoming familiar with its capabilities, best practices, and how to use.
Through practice simulations with this current Dream It Do It Western New York Stakeholder we are building our skills and know how of the drone & video camera. This will put us ahead of the learning curve once our project is funded as we will know how to operate immediately.
With any technology there are always risks when it comes to potential damage of the equipment. We will take many precautions to ensure protection of the device including only having two expert operators running it public events at all times. Included in the budget of this project is also a protective case that will protect the drone when it is not in use.
If something should happen to the equipment Dream It Do It Western New York will determine the best viable approach to solving the issue and getting it back up and operational.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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