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Manufacturing Impact: Training the Trainers

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Manufacturing Education Curriculum

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Wayne P. Hung Texas A&M University

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Dr. Wayne Hung graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Hung is currently an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hung's research interests include novel materials and micromanufacturing.

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Mathew Kuttolamadom Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Mathew Kuttolamadom is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution and the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Clemson University’s Int'l Center for Automotive Research. His professional experience is in the automotive industry including at the Ford Motor Company. At TAMU, he teaches Mechanics, Manufacturing and Mechanical Design to his students. His research thrusts include bioinspired functionally-graded composites, additive/subtractive manufacturing processes, laser surface texturing, tribology, visuo-haptic VR/AR interfaces and engineering education.

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Shelly Tornquist Texas A&M University

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Director of Spark! PK-12 Engineering Education Outreach with Texas A&M Engineering. Her team strives to ignite and foster an engineering spirit from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Dedicated to harnessing the educational power of the maker movement, Spark! powers a mobile makerspace striving to empower the PK-12 community by offering professional development through its Maker U program. Spark! is also the home of the State Science and Engineering Fair of Texas hosting 4,000 6th-12th grade students.

Prior to Texas A&M, she was a Master Teacher in Spring Branch Independent School District for 26 years and a Department Chair for Memorial High School in Houston, Texas. Always interested in unleashing the imagination of students, she incorporated 3D printing in her classroom for 18 years, and was awarded the PTA District School Bell Award for her service in STEM Education.

She has been a leader in engineering education in the state of Texas throughout her career. Projects include creating and leading new teacher boot camps, developing the Texas standards for the Math/Physical Science/Engineering teacher certification and most recently developing the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills frameworks in STEM education. Widely known for her work with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), she served as the State Lead Master Teacher training over 700 teachers in PLTW Core Training Institutes for 13 years.

Shelly holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Design and Development and a M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership. She believes in empowering teachers, who then empower students to go out and change our world.

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Manufacturing Impact: Training the Trainers

This paper presents the synergetic effort to increase manufacturing related activities and interests among middle school and high school students. Funding from National Science Foundation (NSF) was awarded to train 36 teachers who are currently involved with robotics, pre-engineering, or technical programs. The in-service teachers are selected from minority serving Independent School Districts (ISDs) in Texas, while the pre-service teachers are from Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs at different universities. Additional funding that matches NSF stipend to the teachers was also provided from Gene Haas foundation. Industrial partners also contributed with complimentary professional training and free computer-aided drafting and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software to participating teachers and their schools.

The program trained 29 teachers in the previous summers. They published their lesson plans and implemented in their classes new activities and knowledge that they have acquired during the training. Seven technical/educational articles were published. The teachers participated in two regional conferences every year, guided and brought their students to different competition, and won numerous awards including the first prize in robotics competition at the state level. One trained teacher was then tasked with heading the new Career and Technical Education (CTE) center for his ISD. Support of this new CTE and our university has been approved by both institutions due to close proximity of the institutions, and similar manufacturing activities. One school then received the Texas state grant from the Jobs and Education Training (JET) program to further enhances its manufacturing program. About 200 students attended the recent Manufacturing Day on campus and exposed to many manufacturing-related topics. Many motivated students have expressed their desires to apply for further studies upon graduation from their high schools.

Hung, W. P., & Kuttolamadom, M., & Tornquist, S. (2020, June), Manufacturing Impact: Training the Trainers Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34950

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