The Greenville Drive, BMW, Michelin, Greenville County Schools, GE, and Greenville Technical College will host Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (AM&E) Night at Fluor Field in Greenville on Tuesday, July 26.
Organizers say the goal is to build awareness and “ignite the passion” with students, parents, and guidance counselors across the Upstate about career opportunities available in the rapidly changing world of advanced manufacturing and engineering.
Organizers say they have scaled up efforts to bring awareness to the growing skills gap challenge in the Upstate. This year’s event will feature a panel discussion held on Fluor Field’s new District 356 entertainment space that is open to all attendees.
The panel is comprised of leaders from across the Upstate talking about how students can best pursue advanced manufacturing and engineering as careers.
Included on the leadership panel are Dr. Robert Engelhorn (president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing), Dr. Keith Miller (president of Greenville Technical College), Cauiss Holmes (manufacturing director at Michelin’s Earthmover Facility), and David Kirk (graduate of the Bachelor in Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technology at Greenville Technical College).
The panel will be moderated by Alex Estevez (partner, Accel Partners), one of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs.
The concourse at Fluor Field and all game programming will be designed to open the eyes of young people to career opportunities in manufacturing and engineering, organizers said.
To encourage students to enjoy the learning experience, the Drive is providing tickets to all K-12 students on a complimentary basis.
Students and all event attendees will be able to attend the panel discussion and visit engaging exhibits on the stadium concourse from the region’s largest companies demonstrating the creative application of technology to the manufacturing process.
Exhibits will include an on-site Michelin wrapped BMW M2 competition vehicle, robotics demonstrations and robot races from Bosch Rexroth, 3D modeling and blue light scanning from General Electric.
As students visit each exhibit, they will be enrolled in the “Young Innovators Club” giving them the opportunity to win prizes including drones, BMW driving experiences, and more.
Adults are also encouraged to attend AM&E Night, with Drive baseball tickets starting at $9.
Attendees are encouraged to attend the pregame activities that include live music, entertainment, light food, and beverages with the panel discussion starting at 5:30 p.m. at District 356 behind Fluor Field.
For activities, schedules, and locations, go to: www.greenvilledrive.com/ame. First pitch of the Drive game versus Bowling Green follows at 7:05 pm.