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An Outreach Program To Promote Manufacturing Careers To Underrepresented Students

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Outreach and Recruitment

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9.199.1 - 9.199.9

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Dae-Wook Kim

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advantage. Finally, thirty-four students from the African American Academy (n =23) and Rainier Beach High School (n =11) attended a one-day field trip to Renton Technical College, Renton, WA. B. Field Trip Instructor(s) and Staff: Instructors from four different actively participated in the planning. All 4 workshops were instructed by Renton Technical College faculty and focused on machining technology, electronics, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and surveying. MESA staff, PSCME staff and Renton Technical College administrators and instructors attended several meetings to organize the program and develop workshop curricula. During the field trip, the MESA teachers, PSCME staff and Renton Technical College students volunteered to help the workshops as chaperones.

C. Field Trip Schedule: Students left their respective schools at 9 am, and returned to school at 2:30pm. Each workshop lasted 70 minutes, and lunch time was 40 minutes. The field trip schedule is shown in Table 2.

Table 2. Field Trip 1 Schedule Time 9:00 – 10:00 Transport 10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and Introduction 10:30 – 11:40 1st Workshop 11:50 – 12:30 Lunch nd 12:40 – 1:50 2 Workshop 1:50 – 2:00 Evaluation 2:00 – 2:30 Transport

3.2 Field Trip 1 Activities

There were four different workshops related to manufacturing technology and applied science, and they were machining technology, electronics, CAD, and surveying. Students selected, or were randomly assigned to attend two of four workshops during the field trip. They attended one in the morning and the one in the afternoon. The college instructors from each program led the workshops.

In the machine technology workshop, the instructors discussed the importance of machine technology and explained what machinists do. Students were introduced to CAD and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). Using computer software, students drew a block containing their name, holes, and special features. The instructors reviewed mathematical formulas and geometries during the workshop. Renton Technical College students volunteered to help the students with the software. Computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools were then demonstrated. Students had the opportunity to use these machine tools to make souvenir name medallions that were based on their block designs. Students also observed how machine tools can be used to make chess pieces and airplane frames from raw materials. Students took home several chess pieces and their souvenir name medallions.

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Kim, D. (2004, June), An Outreach Program To Promote Manufacturing Careers To Underrepresented Students Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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