Engineering Technology Experience Tours Set To Spark Students’ Interest in Engineering & Manufacturing


Every year, FLATE invites Hillsborough County middle and high Schools with Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, to visit the Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Engineering Technology program and labs, housed on the college’s Brandon Campus.

The tour experiences are hosted by FLATE staff and HCC faculty and usually last 1.5 - 2 hours. After a
Sligh Middle Magnet ET Experience Tour, 2015
tour of the ET labs, including “hands-on” activities and equipment demonstrations (e.g. robotic arm, 3-D printing NAO robots), the experience wraps up with a discussion about manufacturing careers, educational pathways and credentials. The School District of Hillsborough County is providing transportation for the students to and from HCC. All other costs will be covered by a grant from Hillsborough County.

So far, three schools (Middleton Magnet High School and Greco, Buchanan and Marshall Middle Schools), are scheduled for ET Experience tours in March and April. Please contact Nina Stokes, FLATE Project Manager at nstokes@hccfl.edu, or (813) 259-6587, if you are interested in scheduling a tour for your students.