CLEVELAND (October 2, 2023) – Great Lakes Science Center will host more than 600 middle and high school students during its third annual Manufacturing Day on Tuesday, October 3, presented by Rockwell Automation and Swagelok, a unique showcase of the modern manufacturing industry designed to give area students exposure to future career possibilities. The Science Center will be closed to the general public for this workplace development program.
Students from across Northeast Ohio, including the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Maple Heights, Shaker Heights, Ranger High Tech, Cleveland Heights – University Heights, West Geauga, Richmond Heights, and Stow – Munroe Falls, will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from leading manufacturing and technology companies, and get hands-on with fun STEM activities at the same time.
“Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for students of all ages to gain access to a hands-on approach to technologies and career pathways that they may not even realize exist, but use daily in their lives! We here at Rockwell Automation, in partnership with Great Lakes Science Center and a number of our industry partners, are excited to make this event possible,” said Marzell Brown, Rockwell Automation’s IOT Engineering and Academic Enablement Manager and a member of the Science Center’s Board of Directors.
Local manufacturing partners will bring more than 100 volunteers to the event including Rockwell Automation, Swagelok, Héroux-Devtek, Lincoln Electric, Olympic Steel, PPG Industries, Saint-Gobain, Sherwin-Williams and The Timken Company.
Interactive sessions for the students will include insights from industry professionals on their manufacturing career experiences, manufacturing activities, overviews of each company, and a “bingo lunch” with mentors.
“Swagelok is thrilled to once again partner with Great Lakes Science Center to bring Manufacturing Day to students in the Northeast Ohio community,” said Chris Miklich, chief financial officer for Swagelok Company and a member of the Science Center’s Board of Directors. “At Swagelok, we believe in the power of innovation and education, and this event is a unique opportunity to inspire future leaders in STEM and manufacturing.”
Manufacturing Day is a nationwide effort, typically held in early October, to show students what the world of modern manufacturing is all about. New technologies are developed on a daily basis and bring about whole new careers, requiring a skilled workforce interested in pursuing them. Together with the National Association of Manufacturers, The Manufacturing Institute, MEP Centers, and federal agency partners, the Manufacturing USA network celebrates the manufacturers who make the products that strengthen our economic security and provide opportunities for the nation’s workforce.

About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center is one of the top ten museums in the nation as celebrated by the 2023 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award for Best Science Museum. The Science Center is home to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, historic Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, and more. The Science Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, earned a 2023 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid, a leading provider of insight and data about the non-profit world. The Science Center is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Visit for more information.