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EWI Announces Partnership with PAST Foundation

July 21, 2016

EWI will advise and help support the design and development of new programing around manufacturing technologies at the new PAST Innovation Lab facility in Ohio.

Today’s manufacturing environment requires innovation to compete on a global stage. EWI is a world leader in developing and deploying new technologies that enable companies to bridge the gap between R&D and manufacturing implementation. The new partnership with the PAST Foundation aligns EWI’s vast experience working across all sectors of manufacturing in helping solve local workforce development needs via PAST’s STEM opportunities for students. PAST Innovation Lab is a prototyping facility, located on Kinnear Road alongside OSU’s tech corridor. The Innovation Lab partners with K12 schools, post-secondary institutions, community organizations, and industry providing a facility where new and innovative educational ideas can be imagined, created, and tested. The PAST Innovation Lab programs include immersive Learning Labs for third and fourth year high schools students, with their Metro Schools partner, alongside after and out of school informal bridge programs that help accelerate the transition of STEM learning strategies for both students and teachers.

As part of the partnership EWI’s Chris A. Kiminas, VP of Marketing and Sales, will join the PAST Foundation Board of Trustees.

For over 15 years, PAST Foundation has been a leader in designing STEM education for schools across the nation, bringing transdisciplinary problem-based learning (TPBL) to educators and experiential programs to students.

In 2014 at CGI America, former President Bill Clinton recognized PAST for outstanding work in building rural educational models, and again in 2015 for achievements in improving education in rural America.

PAST professional development and online courses offer teachers exciting ways to bring TPBL to their classrooms. Bridge programs take STEM education out of the classroom for students and teachers. Our Knowledge Capture division supports all PAST endeavors with strong evidence based research. Together we holistically link learning to life.

PAST Innovation Lab is a part of PAST Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. The Innovation Lab is an educational prototyping facility where community, industry and education come together to create the educational programs of tomorrow, today.

EWI is the leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing, and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry. Since 1984, EWI has provided applied research, manufacturing support, and strategic services to leaders in the aerospace, automotive, consumer products, electronics, medical, energy & chemical, government, and heavy manufacturing industries. By matching EWI expertise in materials joining, forming, testing, and modeling to the needs of forward-thinking manufacturers, practical, efficient, and effective solutions in product design, fabrication, and production are successfully created. For more information about EWI, contact info@ewi.org or 614.688.5000.

Headquartered in Ohio, EWI has locations in Columbus, Buffalo, and metro Washington, DC. EWI also operate a number of consortia that act as hubs for the advancement of specific technologies and industries; all of which are designed to improve public/private collaboration, strengthen U.S. manufacturing supply chains, and make U.S. manufacturers more competitive on a global scale.