ShopBot helps Florida schools establish sorely needed STEM education

Middle schooler helps assemble a ShopBot

There has certainly been a lot of press ink, as well as talk coming from the business and political establishment, about the need for more STEM education in the U.S. to better educate our young people to compete for jobs. Nowhere is the talk turning into action more …

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Adventures Of A High School CAM Class: Episode 10–STENCILS

My name is Lexus Pickett and I am with the Renaissance Academy Woodworkers. I am currently a senior who is interested in computer aided manufacturing.

We have currently come up with a simple method to make any type of font into stencil form on the Aspire program. We had the idea to do this because …

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Adventures of a High School CAM Class: Episode 9

My name is Lexus Pickett and I am with the Renaissance Academy Woodworkers. I am currently a senior who is interested in computer aided manufacturing.

We are currently cutting out pieces for our Adirondack chairs on our CNC (ShopBot) machine. Our CNC machine has made manufacturing these chairs much easier. We used to use templates …

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Adventures Of A High School CAM Class: Episode 7

My name is Eva Bondgien and I am from the Renaissance Academy. We recently received a ShopBot CNC machine and are excited to learn about computer aided manufacturing from our teacher Kyle Stapleton.

The project we just worked on was the creation of a cribbage board for the local craft fair. Using a different part …

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A Day Without “Bells”

 

Whether it is woodworking or robotics, one of the challenges of teaching in a public high school is that the bell rings for the next class just as the students/teachers have really settled into their projects. So it was a privilege to have 3 students from Kelvin Hasch’s woodworking program at Greely High School …

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Adventures Of A High School CAM Class: Episode 6

My name is Eva Bondgien and I am from the Renaissance Academy. We recently received a ShopBot CNC machine and are excited to learn about computer aided manufacturing from our teacher Kyle Stapleton. Our first project was V-Carving plaques of our names with an image we chose. Using V-Carve was a great first step in …

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High School CAM Class, Episode 5: Plotter Pens!

My name is Lexus Pickett, and I’m Weston Mohawk, and we are with the Renaissance Academy Woodworkers. We are both juniors in high school that are interested in computer aided manufacturing.

Our class has now moved onto Plotter Pen projects. The first thing we had to do was find an image that would be easy …

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ShopBot Launches Certification Classes for Teachers

ShopBot Tools has announced the launch of ShopBot Certification training. The program is being rolled out in Texas: career and technical education professionals can receive Level I Teacher Certification during the TIVA Conference in Austin, July 13th – 18th. TIVA is the state’s professional organization supporting career and technical educators.

Conference and course registration information …

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Creating a Jig for the ShopBot Handibot

This week, I’m getting ready for a number of upcoming STEM-related conferences and festivals. I’ll be taking both a Desktop and a Handibot, and want to have attendees get the thrill of running a ShopBot.

I use what I call the “3 min demo” that lets someone design a sign in CAD software, prepare it …

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To show off your High School STEM program, just take your STEM equipment to a football game!

HS Teacher Eric Andracke

Eric Andracke is a High School Teacher at Mahomet-Seymour High School in Mahomet, Illinois. He’s currently in his eighth year of teaching at Mahomet-Seymour, twelfth year as an educator. Eric teaches classes in Construction, Manufacturing, and 3D Animation. He is a graduate of Illinois State University, with degrees in Technology …

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