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Design and Innovation Studio opens at Honda plant

Students from Jobs for America’s Graduates Region 9 tested virtual reality simulations during the studio's launch. (photo courtesy of IN-MaC)

GREENSBURG, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center is partnering with Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC to launch the newest IN-MaC Design and Innovation Studio. The studio, located inside Honda’s facilities in Greensburg, gives southeast Indiana students the opportunity to learn more about next generation manufacturing.

IN-MaC says the studio, also known as the HMIN Drives Dreams Pathway, provides middle and high school students with the hands-on experience with additive printers, robotics and coding, as well as engineering and science learning modules. 

“What stands out about this studio is the chance for students to make the connection between what they are learning at school through STEM classes with the manufacturing processes, critical thinking and problem solving our associates use every day to build vehicles for our customers around the world,” said Tim Myers, senior vice president of HMIN. “As we continue to build our talent pipeline and future workforce, it is critical for Honda and other companies like ours to tap into the interests of students by providing opportunities like this.”

The HDDP program is open to students from Hoosier schools, homeschools and community-based education organizations.

The Honda studio is one of 10 IN-MaC Design and Innovation Studios located at elementary schools and industries throughout the state. IN-MaC says the studios are being implemented to pilot innovative STEM education and work solutions.

Additional studios are scheduled to open later this year.

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