NextFlex Offers Innovations Days Virtually on August 3-5

The virtual conference will dive into the next generation of electronics and how it will be used to solve real world problems. Sessions include:

  • 3 keynotes (one each day)
  • Live from the NextFlex Fab
  • Panel: Next Generation Visionaries – Meet the Rising Stars
  • Panel: The Great Debate – Overcoming Barriers to Commercialization
  • NextFlex Workforce Development Programs retrospective

The conference is supported by major national universities and industry representatives. Learn more.

Instructors Attend CTE Lab Tour at Laguna Creek High School

On July 13, 2021, Rob Haworth at Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove hosted CTE instructors at a gathering supported by Edu2Mfg and SVMA. The purpose was to tour the lab and share projects to give everyone fresh ideas to enhance their practice and engage students in skills that can lead to manufacturing careers.

According to Haworth, the get-together would provide an opportunity to discuss tools and equipment. “I shared my experience with small machines — good and bad,” said Haworth. “I told the group about my experience with the PathPilotHUB online controller for Tormachs – that was a huge win during COVID.”

As part of the program, Haworth explained the Laguna Creek High School process for designing and machining parts.  “I have the whole Titan Building Block Series saved as good G-code on each of our machines,” said Haworth.  “During the tour, I walked everyone through our machine operation, tool selection, tool offset measurements, material prep and then Op1 & Op2 for everyone.  Along the way, I showed the other teachers how I’ve organized our tooling and tool library.” Learn more about the Laguna Creek Manufacturing program.

Craig Todd of Pleasant Grove High School reported that the training was excellent. “The training really put a lot of things in perspective and I appreciated that it was hands-on,” said Todd. I enjoyed Rob’s insight and enthusiasm.”

The next events will be on July 27 at Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley and on July 29 at Folsom High School in Folsom. Contact Steve Dicus for more information.

CMTC July 2021 Webinars

CMTC offers manufacturing resources and monthly webinars on topics of interest to businesses and educators.

In July, CMTC offers:

July 15 – 11:00am – What Manufacturers Need to Know About Workers’ Comp & Risk Management in Today’s Market During this webinar, Poms and Associates’ Executive Vice President Chris Poveromo and Senior Claims Analyst Eddy Canavan cover best practices for implementing effective workers’ compensation programs and discuss how to plan for controlling costs; managing claims; and saving employers time, money, and hassles.

July 21 – 11:00am Quality 505: Quality Foundations for Manufacturers During this webinar, CMTC Quality Practice Lead Eliot Dratch will discuss concepts that will help you increase your manufacturing agility.

July 27 – 1:00pm Guidance on Revisions to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards During this webinar, experts will be providing clarification on the most current information available from Cal/OSHA regarding their Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Standards. We will discuss: 1. Relaxing workplace safety rules for vaccinated people 2. Face Coverings 3. The status of the Temporary Emergency Standards

Register and learn more at the CMTC website.

Teachers Visit Roseville High Manufacturing Lab

On Thursday June 17, 2021, SVMA and Edu2MF brought together teachers in the Engineering Manufacturing lab at Roseville High School. Steve Dicus, Edu2Mfg, credits host John Fuller with organizing a beneficial program. “It was a rousing success,” said Dicus.   “The conversations between the teachers were filled with: how do you teach this, or where do you get that, and of course, it was really good to see others who have weathered the same pandemic created storm.”

Participants in Roseville High School manufacturing lab tour check out waterjet.

Dicus indicated that several teachers who were new to the group were very appreciative of the opportunity to meet face to face with others. “They felt the genuine willingness of all the teachers to offer support where needed,” said Dicus. 

For example, one of the participants was planning to purchase a waterjet. “Our host John, and several others who have waterjets, were able to lend some ideas on model/brand and how to include it in a curriculum,” said Dicus.  “Another teacher wanted to connect with an instructor who couldn’t attend.  So, a virtual introduction was set up after the gathering.”

According to Dicus, most schools indicated that they would be in-person for the fall term. “Even though local design, engineering and making programs have been challenged these past few months, it appears they will be open and ready to continue instructing the rising generation,” said Dicus.

In July Parallax will Offer Electronics Workshop

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.

June 2021 Edu2Mfg Newsletter announces events

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 Manufacturing Workshops in June 2021

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

SME Manufacturing Expo Planned for October

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.

Find Classroom Design Challenges

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.

Sierra College Hosts Training for Manufacturing Teachers

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.”