Monday, May 5, 2014

Thomas Middle School Students Visit GAM - 5-1-2014

GAM has partnered with nearby Thomas Middle School to help educate students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.  For several years now, students visit GAM as a part of the Careers Connection class which includes a job shadow.

The day started with a presentation on the different types of engineering fields, followed by another on the various manufacturing processes.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)


After the presentations, things got hands on as the students got to design a phone docking station.  They rough sketched the initial concept on a whiteboard and made sure to include all features and dimensions.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) SketchSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Drawing



With some help from one of GAM’s engineers, the students created a 3D model of their part using Solidworks.  They tweaked the model until it was perfect and then created a dimensional drawing which would then be sent for manufacturing.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Solidworks

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Engineering

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) 3D model

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) 3D drawing



While the students ate some pizza for lunch, their part was programmed on a CNC machine.  After lunch, students got to watch as the machine took a block of aluminum and turned it into the phone docking station they designed.  The students were thrilled to leave with the part they actually designed!


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