Parallax, Inc. has scheduled an Educator’s Workshop on Electronics with micro:bit and Python for July 19, 21 and 23. Attendees will learn how to add a pre-engineering focus to maker and CTE programs. Discover ways to combine circuit-building, micro:bit Python scripting and signal measurement with lessons that support coding, product design and manufacturing. View Parallax workshops.
In the June issue of the Edu2Mfg newsletter, readers will find a summary of the “train the trainer” professional development for teachers, recent events such as a Mechatronics career fair, upcoming manufacturing courses in the region, new design challenge google drive where instructors can share their projects and announcements of upcoming seminars and activities.
Read the June 2021 Newsletter.
CMTC offers many seminars in addition to its other services that provide valuable information for manufacturers and educators. The following are an example of what’s available in June:
June 2 — 11AM CMTC: CADENCE Program Webinar: Wearable Flexible Hybrid Electronics for Defense Applications
June 8 — 11AM CMTC: Quality 502: How To Achieve Operations Excellence on Your Shop Floor
June 9 — 11AM CMTC: Artificial Intelligence in Vision | Catalyst Connection
June 23 — 11AM CMTC: Industrial vs. Collaborative Robots | Catalyst Connection
In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, SME will host a Manufacturing Expo on October 1, 2021 from 7AM-4PM at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr., Rancho Cordova CA. The Expo will connect the regional manufacturing network and is presented by the California Community Colleges North Far North Regional Consortium. Companies interested in being sponsors or exhibiting and those interested in attending can register at the SME 2021 Expo website.
Instructors attending the Edu2Mfg Train the Trainer session in May 2020 suggested that it would be helpful to share design challenges. These can range from something simple to engage students at the beginning of class to a more involved project to start off a new unit. Many involve just a few supplies such as paper clips, paper and scissors. Pete Delosa, Golden Sierra High School, has set up a Google drive that you can add your projects to and browse other teachers’ design challenges. Check out Design Challenges.
On Saturday, May 22, the North Regional California Community College Advanced Manufacturing initiative (Edu2Mfg) brought together eight high school and community college instructors came together at an approved gathering in the Sierra College Mechatronics lab . Emerging from the government imposed restrictions, participants expressed delight to be attending the in-person training after suffering from a year of zoom fatigue.
Roy Ingram, Sierra College Mechatronics instructor, kicked off the gathering by providing each attendee with a battery, wire and a magnet. They were tasked to construct their own simple motor. The activity spawned a discussion on how electromagnetism and current flow made the motor spin.
During the session, Louie Garcia, Sierra College Building Trades instructor, described how he made a Litchenberg Wood Burning device. After he demonstrated its use, Steve Dicus with Edu2Mfg that they had to hold the teachers back who wanted to try the new process. “We are hoping to hold a workshop this summer where participants can make and take one of these devises for their labs,” said Dicus.
To add value to the training, each participant brought a teaching aid, student project or something to share that the others might find useful, explained Dicus. “Pete Delosa, Golden Sierra High School, described how he challenged his students to build a simple bridge to create the maximum span with a single piece of 8.5 x 11 paper,” said Dicus. “Pete graciously agreed to set up a Google drive folder where all the teachers could upload simple student challenges they use to give other instructors ideas for lesson enhancements. During the session, other teachers chimed in with projects and student challenges they used to engage and instruct their students.”
At the end of the program there was a consensus that participants would like to visit each other’s shops and labs over the summer to gain fresh ideas on ways to engage the “rising generation.”
Autodesk® will host the 2021 EDU CAM Summit on June 15-16, 9AM to 1 PM. Attendees will hear from leading faculty and industry experts to learn how they are forging the way in academia to align with Industry 4.0. Attendees will also see live demonstrations of Adaptive Roughing and 3D and multi axis machining. Speakers include:
- Carl Bass, Former Autodesk® CEO
- Mark Terryberry, Applications Engineer, HAAS Automation
- Dika Handayani, Assistant Professor, California State Polytechnic University — Pomona
- Josh McDowell, Assistant Professor, Danville Community College
- Trian Georgeou, Lecturer, California Polytechnic University — San Luis Obispo
Presentation and discussion topics will include:
- CAD for CAM
- Adaptive Roughing in machining
- Diversity in manufacturing
- The future of manufacturing in America
- Modern Technology in Manufacturing today
- 3D and multi axis
Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, California Community Colleges Advanced Manufacturing North Region, works as a liaison between high school teachers and college programs. If you have questions about dual enrollment, Jeff can help.
As a workforce development solution, dual enrollment shortens the time it takes for a student to start a manufacturing career and fill the pipeline with qualified graduates. Contact Jeff Briggs by email and learn more about Dual Enrollment at California Community Colleges.
In the May 2021 newsletter, find out about the new SVMA manufacturing apprenticeship, Autodesk design challenge, Sierra College Mechatronics training for employers and the results of the manufacturing career fair. This edition includes other information on college grants, new certificate in Manufacturing Technology at Folsom Lake College and professional development opportunities.
Read the Edu2Mfg May 2021 newsletter.
According to a May 4, 2021 CNN Business article, American factories are desperate for workers and it’s estimated to be a $1 trillion problem. “Demand for goods is skyrocketing as the US economy reopens from the pandemic. But there’s a big problem: American factories can’t find enough people to do the work.” Read in CNN Business