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.”
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.