Badge Pathway Information for Teachers
Help Your Students Earn a College Scholarship.
Discover Manufacturing Career Opportunities
Beginning in October 2017, Minnesota Manufactured launched the Digital Badge Pathway for students in grades 7-12. The pathway allows students to earn digital badges while they learn about manufacturing and embark on a variety of fun activities, including robotics competitions, summer camps, visiting college campuses, and touring manufacturing facilities. Students who earn the required minimum of 24 badges are eligible to apply for a Minnesota Manufactured scholarship at the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence college of their choice!
One of the most important aspects of the badge pathway is that it opens up a world of discovery, in which young minds can learn about the many career opportunities within advanced manufacturing.
Opportunities within the manufacturing industry are greater than ever before:
- Minnesota has more than 307,200 manufacturing careers statewide.
- Manufacturing contributes $43.7 billion to the state economy.
- The average manufacturing salary is around $59,000.
- Many top manufacturing brands are based in Minnesota, including Land O’ Lakes, General Mills, and Cargill.
There are 10,100+ open jobs in Minnesota’s manufacturing industry.
SOURCE:Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
What is the Badge Pathway?
The Minnesota Manufactured Digital Badge Pathway is for students in grades 7-12. The pathway allows students to earn digital badges while they learn about manufacturing and embark on a variety of fun activities including robotics competitions, summer camps, visiting college campuses, and touring manufacturing facilities. Students who earn the required minimum of 24 badges are eligible to receive a Minnesota Manufactured scholarship at the Minnesota Manufactured college of their choice!
Minnesota Manufactured Badge Categories
There are six categories of badges:
- Igniter— This medal is awarded to individuals who earn a minimum of five Igniter badges. Earning these badges requires the completion of Introduction to Manufacturing activities.
- Happy Camper— This medal is awarded to individuals who earn a minimum of two Happy Camper badges. Earning these badges requires participation in manufacturing-related camps or lab experiences.
- Titan— This medal is awarded to individuals who earn a minimum of three Titan badges. These badges encourage teamwork and recognize participation and achievement in robotics team competitions.
- Insider— This medal is awarded to individuals who earn a minimum of five Insider badges. Working on these badges will help you acquire manufacturing career success skills and on-the-job manufacturing experience.
- Adventurer— This medal is awarded to individuals who earn a minimum of three Adventurer badges. These badges encourage manufacturing career exploration and face-to-face interaction with manufacturers and manufacturing program faculty.
- Crackerjack— This medal is awarded to individuals who earn a minimum of six Crackerjack badges. These badges encourage manufacturing career exploration and creative application of manufacturing knowledge.
What is a Digital Badge?
It is a digital representation of your accomplishments, combined with a verifiable description of what you did to earn it. A digital badge is easy to share online, or in a digital backpack that you can share with friends, teachers, and even with future employers. These badges are “open badges.” Open Badges are verifiable, portable digital badges with embedded metadata about skills and achievements. They comply with the Open Badges Specification and are shareable across the web. Each Open Badge is associated with an image and information about the badge, its recipient, the issuer, and any supporting evidence.
What is the Value of a Digital Badge?
- It shows the world the activities, knowledge, and skills you have demonstrated to earn a badge from Minnesota Manufactured, a verified issuer.
- It is easy to share your accomplishments on social media, in a digital backpack, or almost any other digital platform!
- A digital badge cannot be faked. Credentials are embedded inside—your name, what you did to earn the badge, who issued the badge (Minnesota Manufactured) and the issue date.
Badge earners who earn all six of the medals listed above are eligible to receive a Minnesota Manufactured scholarship which can be used to earn the 16-credit Production Technologies certificate from a Minnesota Manufactured college. This covers tuition, fees, books, and subscriptions and is valued at $4,000.
- Additional scholarship requirements include:
- writing a short essay about advanced manufacturing;
- enrolling in a participating Minnesota Manufactured college;
- and retaining a 2.0 or better grade point average.
Five scholarships are currently available. The number of future scholarships is subject to change.
How Do Students Get Started?
Getting started is easy! Students just need to create a free account on our Credly site and to check out all the badges they can earn! There is never any cost to creating an account and all of the badges that students earn can be stored in their free account indefinitely. Students will have the ability to share the badges they earn any way they like! Badges can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or simply displayed in the Credly digital backpack. There are a total of 32 badges to pick from. Several badges can be earned through completion of activities in the Introduction to Manufacturing Teacher Guide. Badges can be earned in any order. Students can earn as many (or as few) as they want, but will need to earn a minimum number of badges within each category to earn a Minnesota Manufactured scholarship.
5,174 college students impacted by curriculum and capital investments at partner colleges.
Source: Minnesota Manufactured, 2015