Re: Students Awed by Technology & Career Opportunities

From: Ron Ohler (
Date: Fri Sep 13 2002 - 03:41:19 EEST

Hi folks, I'd like to plug SME here a bit. It may not be RP but it is dealing with students. There is a program that is part of SME. It is FIRST. Some of you may have heard of high school kids getting a pile of gizmos, gadgets, some misc hardware and a challenge to build a machine capable of doing a number of tasks. The kids are in teams and compete against each other. Where we come in is that folks from industry are there to coach them in the design and building of the machine. Kind of like Junkyard Wars. It helps guide the kids in understanding teamwork, design issues, and goal achievement. It is a lot of fun to be involved with. While you may not be teaching RP you will be building goodwill and making contact with future clients.
Ron Ohler
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Andrea Reinhardt
  To: Terry T. Wohlers ; RP-ML
  Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2002 1:16 PM
  Subject: Re: Students Awed by Technology & Career Opportunities

  Terry asked me to share the ideas not only with him
  so for everybody interessted in the mix of younger and older:
  youth is only one side
  sme has to be open in two directions:
  integration of young people in technology
  and integration of older people in technology
  within the next 10 years no company in europe will have enough younger
  employess in technology fields, because less and less babys are born
  less and less kids are interessted in study technology and
  not enough people are comming from other countries to
  work in germany
  there is a interessting link in beeing long term successful
  as innovator and technology leader and in
  mixing generations in a startup
  Best regards
  Andrea Reinhardt
  ----- Original Message -----
    From: Terry T. Wohlers
    To: RP-ML
    Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 5:34 PM
    Subject: Students Awed by Technology & Career Opportunities

    Hello everyone,

    I found the following press release stimulating. Why don't more design and
    manufacturing shows and exhibitions put out the welcome mat for students? I
    understand clearly that in the short term, they are not the buyers, but in
    a short few years, they ARE the buyers. A 14-year old in 1990 is now a
    26-year old working for an organization that might be considering your
    products and services.

    I recall attending a large exhibition in St. Louis as a junior in college
    and the impact that it had on me continues to influence my thinking. I
    encourage all of the conference and exhibition planners to involve our
    youth in their events. These people are also future exhibitors and
    conference attendees.

    Another thought: I see a tremendous amount of energy and excitement among
    those who are currently enrolled in school. Rarely does a day go by that I
    don't receive an e-mail from a student. These young people are probing
    deeply into how they might contribute or somehow get involved in RP or
    related areas. We need to harness this energy and put it to work for their
    benefit and the benefit of the industry.

    Your thoughts?


    Terry Wohlers
    Wohlers Associates, Inc.
    OakRidge Business Park
    1511 River Oak Drive
    Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 USA
    Fax 970-225-2027

    Students Awed by Technology & Career Opportunities At IMTS 2002

        CHICAGO, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- From junior high schools, middle
    and colleges across Chicago, Illinois, and the United States, students and
    teachers arrive in groups of as many as a hundred or more. They leave in
    of what they have seen and experienced.
        (Photo: )
        From the spacious Student Union at the International Manufacturing
    Technology Show (IMTS 2002), they entered the cavernous halls and three
    buildings of McCormick Place. Nine pavilions house distinct categories of
    technology employed in manufacturing. In small groups they discover
    manufacturing processes, systems, and technology that they might never see
    their classroom or hometown.
        Exhibitors designated as "student-friendly" welcome teachers and
    They eagerly embrace the opportunity to showcase their industry and
    technology, and to explain to students the well-paying, rewarding, safe
    opportunities in manufacturing.
        "Coming to the show makes people hungry to see what's really out
    says Karl Gebert, University of Colorado student guide and retired U of C
    Instrument Shop Supervisor.
        "There is technology at the show that has never been -- and may never
    be -
    - exposed to the public eye," Gebert notes, "water cutting metal like its
    butter; lasers turning rolls of steel into intricate designs; highly
    sophisticated machines run by computer numeric controls; robots gracefully
    moving through synchronized manufacturing processes; fuselage made of
    durable composite material for reduced construction costs. And that's just
        "I come back with a dozen new inventions, new to the market," Gebert
    Many, if not most, of the technology showcased here is or will be used to
    provide consumers with virtually every material item they use or rely upon
    each and every day.
        Nichole Bozarth and Lyndsie Fugate, juniors in pre-calculus and physics
    respectively at Midwest Central High School, Manito, Ill., found technology
    IMTS that they never imagined existed. The CAD CAM, metal cutting and
    exhibits fascinated them with their precision and accuracy.
        One CAD CAM exhibit especially caught their attention. "This woman was
    a jumpsuit hooked to a computer," Fugate explains. "As she moves, the
    says how much force she is using and what percent of the population could
    that motion without strain."
        The highly acclaimed IMTS Student Summit has grown each year. Why?
    Student Summit takes students way beyond what they can learn or experience
    the classroom," explains Dave Horn, Student Summit Coordinator and
    Improvement Director for AMT -- The Association For Manufacturing
    "It takes them to a whole new level of understanding of today's technology
    how high-tech is being applied to manufacturing processes, systems and
    equipment to enable us to produce items faster, better and at lower cost."
        Teachers are encouraged to bring students from with a wide range of
    backgrounds: from machine shop and applied arts to math, science, and
    Why? Because retirement will rob the ranks of those employed in
    technology during the next decade. Rewarding, challenging and well-paying
    careers will exist for the taking.
        Six high school students from Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, North
    Tennessee, and Utah have a different take on IMTS. They are competing for
    right to represent the U.S. in the 2003 WorldSkills Competitions in St.
    Gallen, Switzerland. Each student receives a blueprint and piece of stock
    material. They must write the computer numeric control (CNC) program for
    manufacturing the part and make the part in a given time. The competition
    run by SkillsUSA-VICA, a national organization serving high school and
    students and instructors who are enrolled in trace, technical and skilled
    service instructional programs.
        Elsewhere students from the University of Michigan are introducing
    edge technology on the exhibit floor. Their new concept, the
    machine tool, enables system-level design rather than parts design. As
    Legos, reconfigurable machine tool modules can be changed to manufacture
    with different features.
        IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show is the largest
    marketplace for buyers of machine tools and related manufacturing
    in the Americas. The eight-day show, held in even-numbered years at
    McCormick Place, draws tens of thousands of attendees and exhibitors from
    U.S. and some 40 nations. For more information about the show, visit where you can get the latest news and download IMTS
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