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  • 1.  Service project - STEM and Industrial Automation and Smart Manufacturing

    Posted 27 Jan, 2023 10:09 AM
    Our section is looking to do a service project in Atlanta on March 25 associated with the Atlanta Science Festival.

    We are still looking to finalize our volunteers and exhibit space concept and wanted to see what anyone else has done to promote STEM in their area and connect the dots between STEM and Industrial Automation/Smart Manufacturing.

    John Whitten
    Project Management Consultant
    Projects of Things
    Alpharetta GA

  • 2.  RE: Service project - STEM and Industrial Automation and Smart Manufacturing

    Posted 28 Jan, 2023 01:11 PM
    Edited by Dean Bickerton 28 Jan, 2023 01:12 PM
    @John Whitten, the New Orleans section has participated for several years with a local STEM Fest activity sponsored by Chevron and other local businesses and non-profit organizations.  We typically set up a table showing plant automation simulations and mixed reality to demonstrate some of the cool and fun leading edge technologies kids can relate to.  We have a few things from one of our vendors in the mixed reality space which made for some good 3D virtual demos.  I would be happy to share if there is interest.

    We have also volunteered over the years with FIRST robotics as coaches, judges, referees, and consultants and worked in conjunction with a few other non-profits in the oil and gas industry to raise money for an exhibit in a new Children's Museum recently built in New Orleans.

    Here is the latest on the STEM Fest event we were invited to participate in coming up in March:

    Join the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans for STEM Fest!

    Saturday, March 4 • 10am-2pm

    Ochsner Sports Performance Center

    Sponsored by Chevron


    Please save the date to participate in the Saints and Pelicans STEM event!

    We are returning to a full capacity hands-on STEM learning event, featuring live performances and interactive demonstrations with an estimated 3,500 students in attendance.

    These community events would not be possible without the support of volunteers and organizations, giving of their time and talent.  We are looking to fill the Saints training facility (both inside and outside) with industry, education and community partners and businesses in the promotion of STEM education and awareness.

    This event is a great opportunity to:

    • Connect with students by means of a creative hands-on learning activity, inspiring our future leaders in STEM pathways
    • Network with other local organizations and businesses with shared synergies
    • Share your organization or business with the community

    We are looking for both table exhibitors (businesses and organizations presenting a hands-on STEM activity) as well as general volunteers to assist in various capacities (helping with food, drinks, set-up, assisting exhibitors, etc.


    Dean Bickerton
    Executive Board
    Southern North America District
    New Orleans Section
    The Reynolds Company

  • 3.  RE: Service project - STEM and Industrial Automation and Smart Manufacturing

    Posted 01 Feb, 2023 05:26 PM
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    Hi John,

    The Greater OK Section has partnered for years with the Tulsa Engineering Foundation in support of STEM events.  In February we participate in EWeek (Engineers Week), and host a table at a breakfast where we invite Juniors and Seniors who have a potential interest in STEM careers, and their teachers, to join us for a free breakfast where we invite 2 engineers to share breakfast with a table of students, then after 15 minutes the engineers rotate to another table to visit with more students.  We ask local companies to sponsor the tables and provide the engineers.  Greater OK sponsors one of the tables and we of course promote controls and automation as a career path.

    In March we provide volunteers to help with TEch Challenge.  We invite 800-1200 students and teachers to compete as teams in 14 different STEM related challenges, and we offer small cash prizes to the top three placers. We ask local companies to sponsor, and as an example, Google annually provides a cash donation, 8 chrome books and a cadre of volunteers to help judge the competitions.

    Michael Miller
    ISA Greater Oklahoma Section
    Jenks, Oklahoma