MANCHESTER, NH – SEE Science Center has joined the public-private Manufacturing USA initiative, called the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) to inspire youth to explore opportunities in Regenerative Manufacturing & Biofabrication.
“We often see a disconnect with what students see as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses and how they then translate learning into what they think are potential careers,” said Susan Howland, Executive Director at SEE adding, “As a member of ARMI|BioFabUSA, and with help from other members, we will work to bridge that gap and ensure that students understand the incredible potential available to them with the formation of a brand new industry called Biofabrication.”
Headquartered in Manchester ARMI|BioFabUSA is the 12th Manufacturing USA Institute, bringing together a consortium of over 100 partner organizations from industry, government, academia and the non-profit sector to develop next-generation manufacturing processes and technologies for cells, tissues and organs.
A recent ARMI|BioFabUSA member, SEE Science Center is an interactive learning center established to promote the understanding, enjoyment and achievements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With over 40,000+ visitors a year, SEE is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Center and its programs offer concrete interactive experiences in an informal learning environment. All SEE programs offer hands-on components that provide an opportunity for students to explore STEM.
The SEE Science Center is the first organization of its kind to become a member of ARMI|BioFabUSA.
“We are planning new exhibits which will feature tools and technology used in the Biofabrication industry in a showcase which may include videos, live feeds from research labs, images and information about current successes of ARMI|BioFabUSA and their members. It will be designed to be engaging, frequently updated and will also highlight the industry-related career paths in research and development, business and medicine,” explained Howland when speaking about a future Biofabrication exhibit for the Center.
Under the umbrella of Manufacturing USA, a public-private network that invests in the development of world-leading manufacturing technologies, ARMI works to integrate and organize the fragmented collection of industry practices and domestic capabilities in tissue Biofabrication technology to better position the US relative to global competition. ARMI will also focus on accelerating regenerative tissue research and creating state-of-the-art manufacturing innovations in biomaterial and cell processing for critical Department of Defense and civilian needs.
“We need to develop 21st-century tools for engineered tissue manufacturing that will allow these innovations to be widely available – similar to how a 15th-century tool (the printing press) allowed knowledge to spread widely during the Renaissance,” said inventor Dean Kamen, Chairman of ARMI.
About SEE Science Center
SEE Science Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, hands-on discovery center offering daily access to STEM exhibits, school field trips, workshops, summer camps and much more. SEE Science Center is where everyone can discover the excitement of STEM through fun, hands-on experiences. www.SEE-sciencecenter.org
The Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), headquartered in Manchester, NH, is the 12thManufacturing USA Institute. It brings together a consortium of over 100 partners from across industry, government, academia and the non-profit sector to develop next-generation manufacturing processes and technologies for cells, tissues and organs. ARMI will work to organize the current fragmented domestic capabilities in tissue Biofabrication technology to better position the U.S. relative to global competition. www.ARMIUSA.org