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An Advanced Manufacturing Workshop For High School Teachers And Students

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Advancing Manufacturing Through Outreach

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10.148.1 - 10.148.10



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Frank Liou

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An Advanced Manufacturing Workshop for High-School Teachers and Students Todd Sparks, Vinay Kadekar, Gail Richards, Frank Liou, Venkat Allada, Ming Leu, Faisal Anam, and Siddharth Shinde University of Missouri-Rolla


Ashok Agrawal and Dale Gerstenecker St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley

Abstract Presented in this paper is an analysis of the experience of teaching advanced manufacturing technology to groups of teachers at a workshop sponsored by NSF during the summer of 2004 at the University of Missouri-Rolla. The purpose of the workshop was to expose teachers to manufacturing technology in the hope of impacting the career choices of their students. Some high school students also participated in the workshop. The material presented in the workshop included CAD modeling, rapid prototyping, and lean manufacturing. Some industrial representatives came to the workshop to interact with the teachers and students on the prospectives of advanced manufacturing technologies. The participants also toured manufacturing research laboratories on campus and two local manufacturing facilities. This paper details the experiences of both the participants and facilitators of the workshop.

I. Introduction It is a common misconception that jobs in the manufacturing industry consist of only machine operators. However, industry’s needs are much broader. Manufacturing is more than machining. The personnel needed by this industry must be able to perform multiple functions from design to distribution. In other words, the manufacturing industry needs to be seen holistically – as a complete system involving many people of varying educational backgrounds. Companies are looking for individuals with diverse technical expertise to perform multiple functions in support of their manufacturing enterprises.

Many youth and adults have little knowledge of engineering and manufacturing career options. Parents, teachers, and educators lack exposure to the understanding of the highly technical manufacturing world. Early education is a key element in engineering and manufacturing career awareness.

The intent of this contribution is to describe the experiences from the NSF-sponsored Discover Manufacturing Workshop conducted at the University of Missouri – Rolla. The summer 2004 workshop is the second Discover Manufacturing workshop to be held under this NSF grant. A paper discussing the 2003 rapid prototyping workshop content has been reported 1, and this paper addresses the entire manufacturing workshop experience, especially for year 2004. The emphasis of the workshop was to expose the attending high school students and teachers to advanced manufacturing technologies with the goal of creating awareness to emerging career opportunities in manufacturing.

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Liou, F. (2005, June), An Advanced Manufacturing Workshop For High School Teachers And Students Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14422

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