Posts Tagged ‘Sierra’

Talking Directly to Advanced Manufacturing Employees Inspires Students

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Del Oro High School Students Tour Progressive Technology

Del Oro High School Students Tour Progressive Technology

Students participating in tours of Sacramento manufacturers repeatedly reported that the direct interaction with technicians, engineers and staff had the most impact of them. Many said that it solidified their education and career plans. The tours were part of the National Manufacturing Day and organized by Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and the Sierra Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Collaborative.

An Oakmont High School student said, “It definitely made me more sure of my plans to pursue higher education for engineering and gave me a more clear idea what a future job might look like.”

Dan Frank, who teaches Engineering Support Technology at Rocklin High School, toured RobbJack in Lincoln, CA with his students. “As a result of the tour, my students seemed more committed to the program and can see themselves becoming technicians and engineers,” said Frank. “Students really connected to individual employees who talked to them about welding, organizing the shop using 7S or programming CNC machines to create prototypes.”

Teachers also say that the experiences are enriching their curriculum with applied academics and 21st Century Skills.

Learn more about the impact of high school STEM students touring local businesses as part of the National Manufacturers Day and how teachers are using the experience to help students refine their interest in Advanced Manufacturing careers as well as bringing real world applications into their classrooms by reading:  STEM Teachers See Impact of Manufacturing Day Tours Organized by Sierra College.

Sierra College Arts & Innovation Day is Sept. 26, 2013

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Sierra College hosts “Arts and Innovation” day on Thursday, September 26th, 2013. This new, all-day event is free, open to the public and features lectures, workshops and fun activities for all ages. Presentations will emphasize the critical link between the arts and science, technology, engineering and math. The organizers believe that the arts and innovation are critical to science and engineering, and that science and engineering are critical to artistic expression.

The event will offer a project based Creativity Fair from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at which a wide variety of student clubs, faculty, vendors and sponsors will provide hands on projects designed to promote creativity and innovation. Additional activities include musical performances and workshops, as well as a Creativity Salon, Art Installation Tour and Scavenger Hunt, Nature and Art Tour, welding demos, and much more.

Sculptor, Anthony Maki-Gill, Carr Wilkerson, System Administrator at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Larry Ortiz, director of Nevada Placer Arts Council, The California Arts Project (TCAP) and guest Comedy Improv artist, Brian Crall, join an impressive roster of faculty and guest speakers. The series of thought provoking lectures planned throughout the day will explore the role arts education plays in developing creativity and fostering innovation across discipline, especially in math, science and engineering.

Keynote speakers are Maryanna Rogers Ph.D, Executive Education Workshop Facilitator for the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( at Stanford University and Director of Innovation for The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA.; Kathleen Taylor, Ph.D, professor of psychology at Sierra College in Rocklin and a specialist in Social-Cultural psychology; and Angela Tahti, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Placer County DBA PlacerArts.

In the spirit of “Arts and Innovation” day, the Ridley Gallery will also be presenting “Kinetic Conveyance”, art invented, engineered, designed, fabricated and powered by humans. This photographic and video documentary-image driven exhibition makes visible the thinking, innovation, and collaboration between disciplines of Engineering, Art, Welding, Music, Drama and more. The Ridley Gallery show runs from September 9 through October 3, 2013.

This exhibition focuses on creations for entry into the Kinetic Grand Championship in Humboldt County, California, also called the “Triathlon of the Art World” because art and engineering are combined with physical endurance during a three day cross country race that includes sand, mud, pavement, a bay crossing, a river crossing and major hills. The Ridley Gallery will showcase images from the 2013 race, the prize winning entry from Colfax High School, and the planning stages of Sierra College entry for 2014!

A reception for this exhibition will be held on Tuesday, September 10 from 4-7pm. Ridley Galley is located on the first floor of the Library/LR 102, on the Rocklin campus, 5000 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin. Regular hours for Ridley Gallery are 11am -6:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Admission to Ridley Gallery is free and open to the public.

There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits are available at dispensers located on the campus parking lot. For more information, Call (916) 660-7242 or check out our website at . Click on events

Miller Road Show expected at Sierra College in Rocklin

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

 The Miller Roadshow Truck will be at Sierra College this Saturday offering advanced MIG & TIG welding classes.

The new Sierra College Mobile Welding lab will be unveiled and attendees can take short workshops in the new lab.

PG&E and over 20 welding industry partners will provide demonstrations at the Rocklin campus. Attendees can try live as well as virtual welding.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 9am – 4:00 pm.

Who: The American Welding Society Sierra College Student Chapter is hosting this event for families, students, welders and community members.

Why: Attendees can experience metal working from blacksmithing to state-of-the-art welding technology being used in construction and fabrication to rebuild America.


Colax Record: Students get taste of engineering in tech class

Friday, January 13th, 2012

On January 5, the Colfax Record reported “With the help and guidance of Sierra College staff, Colfax High teachers Christian Kinsey and Wade Wolff recreated the Tech Essentials class, which incorporates Fraction Contraption, created by Jonathon Schwartz. Fraction Contraption seeks to spark students’ interest in math with games and by making connections with math use. … Students had to fabricate a battery-operated car built on a chassis with a motherboard while using tools and programs on the Internet to design and draft the body.”