FlexFactor is an outreach and engagement program designed to familiarize K-12 students with advanced technologies, entrepreneurship, and the education and career pathways that lead to STEM-sector employment. The program was designed to showcase the promise of a career in advanced manufacturing and help students develop the critical thinking, creative reasoning, and problem-solving skills crucial to STEM-sector careers.
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, and build a business model around it. Core program elements include an industry tour, a college tour, and mentored workshops. At the end of the program, teams pitch their product ideas to a panel of experts. The program can be delivered virtually, in-person, or in a hybrid format.