Archive for the ‘Technical Education’ Category

Super-Awesome Sylvia Shares Her Projects

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Check out some fun STEM projects that might intrigue your students at Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show.

Pre-teen Sylvia demonstrates in short movies “everything cool and worth making.” Find rockets, sewing circuitry, pendants that display your heart beat and many more electronic projects.

At this year’s White House Science Fair, President Obama invited her to exhibit her water color robot as a representative of the Maker community. She was also featured on the front cover of Maker magazine.

Keep those great movies and projects coming!

CTE Online posts Design & Engineering Curriculumn

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Nearly 100 new project-based units and 400 new lesson plans have been posted on CTE Online, several developed by teachers in the Sierra STEM Collaborative.

The Engineering Pathway & Project includes the STEM areas of Engineering Design I & II, Engineering Design III, Advanced CAD/CAM, and Advanced Robotics.

The Media Design Pathway & Projects spans Media Design II & III, Video Production and Editing, and Advanced Animation Design.

Our Sierra STEM Collaborative partners have contributed these new lessons:


Maker Camp Shares 30 STEM Projects

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

For class project ideas, check out  30 Great Projects Shared by our Maker Campers in Make’s online magazine – You might also be inspired by these clips of what participants enjoyed during theses hands-on STEM summer camps at  The 8 Best Hangouts From Maker Camp 2013

Grant to Prepare Students for Advanced Manufacturing Careers

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Sierra College was one of only eight colleges statewide  selected to focus on the Advanced Manufacturing sector by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce & Economic Development.

With a $300,000 grant, Sierra College will collaborate with community colleges in the Sacramento region to fill gaps in  manufacturing workforce skills,  provide employee training customized to manufacturers, and inspire students to pursue Advanced Manufacturing careers.

Advanced Manufacturing uses innovation, automation and highly integrated, tightly controlled processes as well as new materials and capabilities to fabricate products competitively.

Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director, Sierra College CACT, will be the Deputy Sector Navigator for this grant project. “There are excellent opportunities for high-wage jobs in Advanced Manufacturing in our region,” said Pepper-Kittredge.

“To keep current, employees require on-going training. In addition, both high school and college students must be introduced to additive manufacturing, digital design, high-tech welding and other cutting-edge technologies so that they can bring this expertise to local businesses. Through this grant, colleges and industry can work together to enhance the local economy.”

Sierra College publishes report on Additive Manufacturing

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
NASA Lunabotics Mining Competion trophey prototype designed by Rocklin HS Students and made with Additive Manufacturing at Sierra College

NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition trophy prototype designed by Rocklin HS Students and made with Additive Manufacturing at Sierra College

In response to the explosive growth of 3D Printing, Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) published a white paper identifying trends, outlining uses and providing a review of Additive Manufacturing equipment for business and education.

Additive Manufacturing is the ability to generate three-dimensional models that need no machining or tooling. In the 3D printer, layer by layer of material builds up until the desired shape is achieved, instead of cutting away material as is done in machining. Computer 3D drawings are sliced into layers and the software directs the printer pattern as it builds the part from the bottom up. Products can be designed in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software or 3D scanners can be used to create designs from existing objects.

The Additive Manufacturing Turning Mind into Matter — Industry Evaluation and Recommendations Report is intended to help both businesses and educators learn more about emerging Additive Manufacturing technologies and can be found at the Sierra College CACT Training website.

De Anza Offers CNC Machining Program

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

California Community Colleges across the state offer innovative industry-based training to prepare students for excellent careers. Below is an example of the CNC Machining program at De Anza College.


Colfax MIT Inventeam videos document process

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Colfax High School students, with a support of MIT, invented the Tri-Metric.

Colfax EurekaFest 015 (1)It is a tool that offers a brand new way to layout a house. The mechanical device sits in the middle of the building envelope and uses similar shapes to make sure the floor, walls and roof are all square to maximize support. This tool can be used by any home builder, but is especially designed for emergency relief housing constructed by Mercy Corps. It can be manufactured for under $20 and because all the complex math of trigonometry is built into this inventive tool, it can be used by the novice, expert or anyone in between.

Watch the amazing progress of these high school STEM students applying academics and using critical thinking throughout the design process. Twenty-three movies are available on the ColfaxMath channel under Colfax Inventeams Tri-Metric.

For example, watch the evolution from prototype to products on Twenty Little Bets to make the Tri-Metric. See how to Learn Trig the easy way with the Tri-Metric. Find out how to use the Tri Metric, Construction Layout Tool.

Sierra STEM Supports Roseville STEM Camp

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Sierra STEM Collaborative supported a week-long City of Roseville summer camp (June 24-28) called “Disassemble it! Explore it! Rebuild it!” Christian Kinsey, Career Technical Education teacher at Colfax High School, was the instructor. There were 25 children in the class. The class was held at the City of Roseville Utility Exploration Center.

Roseville summer camp supported by Sierra College STEM

The kids built an amp that could be used with their MP3 players. The AMP project was developed by Kinsey and Colfax High School teachers. Instead of using the cardboard tube for the speaker case, they spent the first day rifling through a pile of e-waste, taking things apart. Then they used the components from monitors, scanners, and computer and re-purposed them as the case for the amp . One student even brought in an old TV (with his parents’ permission) to dissemble and re-purpose. Participants were very creative, further customizing the project by adding a solar panel (purchased by parents) and creating a five-speaker amp.


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.


Girls inspired to consider nontraditional STEM Careers at Sierra College

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Sierra College faculty inspired high school girls, instilled new confidence and invited them to pursue technical careers at the first Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) event held on Friday, April 19.

Small groups, hands-on on projects, female role models, encouraging professors and a warm welcome to Sierra College were all part of the strategy to inspire girls at the NEW event according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director, Center for Applied Competitive Technology Center (CACT), Sierra College. Held at the Rocklin campus, girls from Roseville, Nevada City, Truckee and communities in between were introduced to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education and careers paths.

“We wanted these girls to know that they can succeed in nontraditional careers and make a difference for their families, community and the world,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “The event was designed to engage girls, and help them see themselves attending Sierra College and taking computer, design, welding, Mechatronics and other Career Technical Education (CTE) classes.”