RE: Students Awed by Technology & Career Opportunities

From: Lauralyn McDaniel (
Date: Fri Sep 13 2002 - 23:35:02 EEST

With all the discussion on getting young people interested in manufacturing
and particularly RP, I thought I would offer the opportunity to get

In addition to the programs mentioned by Ron and others, SME offers these
youth outreach programs:
-Robotics, Technology and Engineering Challenge (RTEC)--Middle school
through high school students compete in Olympic-style challenges designed to
utilize their technical and classroom knowledge to design, build and operate

-Science Technology and Engineering Preview Summer Camp (STEPS)--This
one-week, tuition-free, residential camp introduces girls to the world of
science, technology and engineering by combining college-level science,
engineering and technology courses with hands-on manufacturing techniques.

For RP&M 2003, we are working with Tim Gornet and Vito Gervasi to develop
innovative ways to get more college-level students and faculty involved in
the event. If you are interested in supporting this effort or those
mentioned above, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Lauralyn McDaniel
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
313-271-1500, ext. 2119

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ron Ohler []
> Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2002 8:41 PM
> To: RP-ML
> Subject: Re: Students Awed by Technology & Career Opportunities
> 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
> ************
> Terry Wohlers
> Wohlers Associates, Inc.
> OakRidge Business Park
> 1511 River Oak Drive
> Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 USA
> 970-225-0086
> Fax 970-225-2027
> <>
> <>
> Students Awed by Technology & Career Opportunities At IMTS
> 2002
> CHICAGO, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- From junior high
> schools, middle
> schools
> 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
> awe
> 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
> high-tech
> manufacturing processes, systems, and technology that they
> might never see
> in
> their classroom or hometown.
> Exhibitors designated as "student-friendly" welcome
> teachers and
> students.
> They eagerly embrace the opportunity to showcase their
> industry and
> technology, and to explain to students the well-paying,
> rewarding, safe
> career
> opportunities in manufacturing.
> "Coming to the show makes people hungry to see what's
> really out
> there,"
> 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
> light,
> durable composite material for reduced construction costs.
> And that's just
> the
> beginning!"
> "I come back with a dozen new inventions, new to the
> market," Gebert
> says.
> 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
> at
> IMTS that they never imagined existed. The CAD CAM, metal
> cutting and
> laser
> exhibits fascinated them with their precision and accuracy.
> One CAD CAM exhibit especially caught their attention.
> "This woman was
> in
> a jumpsuit hooked to a computer," Fugate explains. "As she
> moves, the
> screen
> says how much force she is using and what percent of the
> population could
> do
> that motion without strain."
> The highly acclaimed IMTS Student Summit has grown each
> year. Why?
> "The
> Student Summit takes students way beyond what they can learn
> or experience
> in
> the classroom," explains Dave Horn, Student Summit
> Coordinator and
> Continuous
> Improvement Director for AMT -- The Association For
> Manufacturing
> Technology.
> "It takes them to a whole new level of understanding of
> today's technology
> and
> 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
> beyond.
> Why? Because retirement will rob the ranks of those
> employed in
> manufacturing
> 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
> Carolina,
> Tennessee, and Utah have a different take on IMTS. They are
> competing for
> the
> 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
> is
> run by SkillsUSA-VICA, a national organization serving high
> school and
> college
> students and instructors who are enrolled in trace,
> technical and skilled
> service instructional programs.
> Elsewhere students from the University of Michigan are
> introducing
> cutting
> edge technology on the exhibit floor. Their new concept,
> the
> reconfigurable
> machine tool, enables system-level design rather than parts
> design. As
> with
> Legos, reconfigurable machine tool modules can be changed to
> manufacture
> parts
> with different features.
> IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show
> is the largest
> marketplace for buyers of machine tools and related
> manufacturing
> technology
> in the Americas. The eight-day show, held in even-numbered
> years at
> Chicago's
> McCormick Place, draws tens of thousands of attendees and
> exhibitors from
> the
> U.S. and some 40 nations. For more information about the
> show, visit
> <> where you can get the latest news
> and download IMTS
> photos and logos.
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