SUTTON, MA. ALMOST 40 MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM THE SUTTON MIDDLE SCHOOL VISITED CUSTOM THERMOFORMER MAYFIELD PLASTICS LAST WEEK TO PARTICIPATE IN THE AMP IT UP! VIDEO CHALLENGE. THE AMP IT UP! CHALLENGE INVITES STUDENTS TO RESEARCH THE INNER WORKINGS OF AN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INNOVATION AND HOW IT IMPACTS THE WORLD AROUND THEM. THE STUDENTS ARE CHALLENGED TO BRING THIS TOPIC TO LIFE IN A 3-MINUTE VIDEO AND SUBMIT IT ON THE AMP IT UP! WEBSITE. THE VIDEO MUST CAPTURE THREE MAIN IDEAS ABOUT A PRODUCT, INCLUDING “HOW IT IS MADE, WHY IT MATTERS, AND WHAT IT MEANS TO ME”.
“Mayfield Plastics, which is owned by Jay Kumar, who also owns Universal Plastics, a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA, is a strong advocate of workforce development and embraced this opportunity to give students an inside view of advanced manufacturing processes”, said Paul Davidson, Sales Manager at Mayfield Plastics, “We have a strong legacy in local manufacturing and a commitment to engaging the younger generation in what we do – someday we hope that they will be part of our workforce.”
The students’ visit to Mayfield Plastics included an SPE introduction to thermoforming video, reviewing various sample parts and a question-and-answer session both before & after the shop tour. After careful review by a panel of judges, the public will vote online for the best student-developed video. Winning videos will earn cash prizes or grants donated to their schools. One video will take the grand prize of $5,000. Additionally, one middle school and one high school from each of five regions across Massachusetts will be awarded each. There will be a total of eleven winners and $30,000 in prize money, provided by the Manufacturing Futures Fund. Winner will be announced on June 8th.
“We are delighted to participate in & support this initiative and enjoy working with the local schools in educating young people about the wealth of opportunities in manufacturing right in their backyard”, said Paul Davidson.
About Mayfield Plastics:
Mayfield (www.mayfieldplastics.com) is a leading manufacturer of custom pressure, vacuum formed and thermoformed parts and components specializing in thermoformed medical devicesand components, but also serving a variety of additional industries including aerospace, telecom, electronics, computer, hospital, chromatography, machine-tool and transportation. In 2013, Mayfield Plastics was purchased by Jay Kumar, who also owns Universal Plastics, a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA with the intent of growing the thermoforming business locally through the combined strength and synergies of both companies. Together, Mayfield & Universal Plastics represent the largest thermoformer in New England and are proud to offer a manufacturing service which is state of the art. Equally, as a family-run business, Mayfield Plastics takes special pride in upholding a strong commitment to its customers and employees. For more information about Mayfield Plastics, please visit www.mayfieldplastics.com.
About Amp it up!:
AMP it up! was created to help students (middle through high school) and adults (parents, guidance counselors, and other influencers) take advantage of the many great, highly skilled, well-paying manufacturing jobs available in Massachusetts. Through AMP it up!, students who like to build things and solve problems can plan for a lucrative career with a choice of jobs, often without a four-year college degree. They provide schools with resources, and guidance students need for jobs in high-tech processing, factory automation, product development, nanotechnology, direct digital fabrication, micromanufacturing, and other exciting fields. Amp it up! is part of MassDevelopment. For more information visit ampitupma.com
You can also read a story about the Amp it up! Video Challenge in the Worcester Telegram or in the Sutton Middle School newsletter: