SME promotes manufacturing education in high schools.
Press Release Summary:
February 24, 2010 - SME Education Foundation introduced Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) courses at 400 Manufacturing Education Centers in U.S., including schools in Lee's Summit, MO, and Charlotte, N.C. Course, upgraded by Project Lead The Way, enhances computer modeling skills by applying principles of robotics/automation to creation of 3D design models. Bart A. Aslin launched initiative at Summit Technology Academy reception, on February 16, which included tour of new lab and preview of curriculum.
Original Press Release
Manufacturing Education Centers for High Schools
Press release date: February 12, 2010
This course is designed to introduce younger people to the fundamentals of computerized manufacturing technology. The curriculum is based on several key concepts: Computer Modeling using a three-dimensional, solid modeling software package with mass property analysis; CNC Equipment - understanding the machine tools and its operating and programming aspects; CAM Software - converting computer generated geometry into a program to drive CNC machine tools; Robotics - using a robot for material handling and assembly operations, and Flexible Manufacturing Systems - working in teams to design manufacturing work cells and table-top factory simulations. About Summit Technology Academy (STA) in the Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Summit Technology Academy is a unique secondary school located within a high-tech business campus. The school prepares students for careers in technology. STA, which opened in fall 1999, is operated by the Lee's Summit R-7 School District. It serves the three Lee's Summit R-7 high schools as well as students from a number of metro-area high schools. STA offers approximately a dozen courses, such as biomedical science/bio technology, digital electronics, digital media, engineering design and development, network security and pre-professional nursing. About Project Lead The Way:
Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a national 501c3, not-for-profit educational program, prepares middle and high school students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning. About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $29 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at www.smeef.org and award-winning website, www.manufacturingiscool.com. This year, the SME Education Foundation celebrates its 30th Anniversary. For information on providing tax-deductible financial support to its academic and industry programs, or to the sponsored, invitation-only 30th Anniversary event, please visit www.smeef.org. If you have any questions or comments, please contact SME Public Relations by phone (313) 271-1500, e-mail email@example.com, or Fax: (313) 425-3403