Meet Mayor Morrissey, Chairman Christiansen and Mayor Hedvall from Sweden

The Rockford Area Economic Development Council is hosting a “Coffee Talk” on Thursday October 4th from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Eisenhower Middles School, 3525 Spring Creek Road, Rockford.

A special program has been planned to feature the exciting educational opportunities for manufacturing & engineering including student demonstrations of projects they’ve built.

The Chairman and the Mayor will discuss the importance of providing our students with enriched opportunities for entering the workforce, focusing on manufacturing and engineering.  They also will welcome a special guest, Mayor Kjell Hedvall of Lidköping, Sweden.  Mayor Hedvall will speak about the International Trade Agreement between Rockford and Lidköping.

A brief update on the Career & College Academies at RPS 205 will be given by:

Dr. Robert Willis, Interim Superintendent

Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Assistant Superintendent for Schools

The Pathways for Technical Careers Academy/Surgeons of Steel presentation  will be given by Chris Magee, a science teacher at Eisenhower.  This program helps to address the need for a better prepared workforce in our regional manufacturing sector by informing students about skills for a career in manufacturing or engineering“Surgeons” from the inaugural Spring 2012 class & from the Fall 2012 class will be present at this event.

Student Demonstrations:

SeaPerch:  An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV)   

Students have built a submersible ROV from a complex kit, and compete with other area students through self-made posters of the engineering process they used, and by racing their ROVs through underwater obstacle courses.

FIRST Lego League:  A robotics program completes game-like challenges 

This is a robotics program designed to get children excited about science & technology, while teaching employment and life skills.  They build & program an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, plus research and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project.

To register:

Bea Miller at bmiller@rockfordil.com or call 815-969-4255