On February 16, U-STEM, Chemeketa’s first STEM exploration day, welcomed nearly 100 students from 12 area high schools. Students attended interactive workshops in computing, machining, robotics and drafting. Workshop demonstrations included–
Machining: Precision metal parts production
Students received hands-on experience with manual milling, lathe and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining as well as a demonstration of the virtual machining software designed by Chemeketa’s partner DMG MORI Academy.
Drafting: Design, scan and 3D print
Students participated a hands-on lab with 3D modeling and printing and learned how Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) professional use it in their line of work.
Robotics: Robot hydraulic arm build
Students learned how robotics mixes engineering and computer science and the field’s applications in many of today’s industries. In addition to a hands-on demo with Baxter, teams built hydraulic robotic arms and received a kit to take home to build their own.
Computing: Smartphone application production
Computer Science and Computer Information Systems teamed up to show students software that reveals hidden information contained in photos taken and shared from their phones and got the opportunity to build their own app.
This event was made possible by a $152,236 grant from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Education. This grant will continue to fund increased recruitment, retention and support efforts for females and other underrepresented students interested in STEM programs and careers.