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FlexFactor®

Informing, inspiring, attracting, and recruiting
the future of advanced manufacturing

FlexFactor is an outreach, recruitment, and STEM education program designed to familiarize K-12 students with advanced manufacturing technology, entrepreneurship, and the education and career pathways that can lead to a STEM career. The program was designed to showcase the promise of these careers and help students to develop the critical thinking, creative reasoning, and problem-solving skills needed for future success.

FlexFactor is layered over an existing K-12 class and challenges small teams of students to identify a real-world problem, conceptualize an advanced hardware product enabled by flexible hybrid electronics (FHE), and build a business model around it. Core program elements include an industry tour, a college tour, and mentored STEM workshops. At the end of the program, teams pitch their product ideas to a panel of representatives from business, technology, and academia. The program can be conducted virtually, in-person, or in a hybrid format. Beginning in Silicon Valley, FlexFactor has successfully expanded nationwide, including key deployments in the Midwest, such as Lorain County, Ohio, or in the South, such as the Huntsville-Decatur area of Alabama.

FlexFactor is run in partnership with community colleges across the nation. Our partners:

calhoun community college logo Cincinnati state logo columbus state community college logo cuyahoga community college logo cypress college logo
deanza college logo drake state community and technical college logo east mississippi community college logo el camino college evergreen valley college logo
lorain county community college logo midlands technical college logo mission college santa clara logo sinclair college logo stark state college logo

Contact us at info@nextflex.us to learn how you
can bring FlexFactor to your community.

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