Edu2Mfg September 2021 Newsletter

In the September 2021 issue, Edu2Mfg announces plans for the Manufacturing Expo and National Manufacturing Day celebration in Sacramento on October 1, 2021. Additionally, the Train the Trainer and Lab Tour series of meetups for teachers have been very popular. Find out about design contests for students, new manufacturing labs in the Sacramento region and other relevant infomration for manufacturing educator and Career Technical Education teachers.

Read the Edu2Mfg Sept. 2021 newsletter.

Monthly Lab Tours Planned

As a result of teachers’ enthusiasm for the in-person lab tours hosted by colleges and high schools this summer, Jeff Briggs announced that Edu2Mfg and SVMA will continue to support these events during the school year. The plan is to offer a monthly tour on the second Saturday of the month. To get on the invitation list or to offer to host the group, use the Edu2Mfg contact form or email info@edu2mfg.org.

Instructors Visit Golden Sierra Manufacturing Lab

On Tuesday July 27, Pete DeLosa, Manufacturing & Product Development teacher at Golden Sierra High School, hosted Career Technical Education instructors from three community colleges and four high schools. The event was supported by Edu2Mfg and SVMA. Delosa provided an overview of his program and described how his equipment and lab are set up.

Our host, Pete DeLosa, had us each participate in a ‘design and make’ challenge.

In addition, the group discussed some burning education topics and participated in a couple of the mini challenges that DeLosa uses with his students, explained Steve Dicus, California Community College North Region Advanced Manufacturing initiative.

“Our host, Pete DeLosa, had us each participate in a ‘design and make’ challenge that he uses with his students,” said Dicus. “We were given a single piece of 8″ x 10″ card stock and tasked to design and construct a bridge or structure that could span 36″ or more. All the participants had unique solutions for their designs.”

According to Dicus, the instructors were most engaged in sharing the “how to” of their teaching methods, explaining how they select and use equipment, and describing techniques for guiding students in developing advanced manufacturing skills.

DeLosa indicated that he appreciated the efforts of Dicus to make this collaboration with other manufacturing teachers possible. “Thanks to Steve for all his efforts to organize us,” said DeLosa. “I have learned so much from these events and Shop Talk calls with other Career Technical Education (CTE) instructors. I had a great time hosting today’s event and I’m looking forward to visiting other schools.”

Find more information on the Golden Sierra Manufacturing & Product Development program.

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.

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.

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.”

Autodesk® to Host CAM Summit June 15-16

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

Go to the EDU CAM Summit Registration page. Check out the Summit flyer.