Engineering and Manufacturing Workshops

A series of virtual programs that combine hands-on technology with employer and postsecondary expertise is designed for high school students who are interested in career tech pathways. Cincinnati State, Miami University, Southern State, University of Cincinnati and area employers are collaborating to offer Friday morning programs through November.

Sessions will be adapted to home or in-school delivery. To request a program, submit the form below the session list. Scheduling and session information will provided.

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CNC Programming
Rob Speckert, Miami University
This presentation will explore the development of CNC machines and how they work. We will use a CNC Simulator software to program a milling machine using basic G-codes.
Materials: Students need access to CNC Simulator Pro (free download)
Grade level: 10 – 12

Fun with Programming ENGAGE
Tomie Gartland, Cincinnati State
Students will work in teams to compete against each other.The object of the game is to get as many points as you can without the snake hitting the wall or biting himself. Each time the green snake eats a strawberry cake, he will grow. See if you can read this programming code and figure out how snake really works!
Materials: Computer access; program link will be shared prior to session
Grade level: 9-12

World’s Simplest Motor ENGAGE
Larry Feist, Cincinnati State
Students will be introduced to the basic principles of electro-magnetism. These principles will be tested and demonstrated by building a basic DC motor. Kits will be distributed prior to each session.
Materials: DC Motor kits
Grade level: 10-12

Industrial Robotics Demo
Dr. Mert Bal, Miami University
This session will offer an Introduction to industrial robots, benefits and types of Industrial Robotics Automation. Application examples in welding, material handling, pick and place, cutting and non-destructive inspection will be shared. The presentation will include short video clips taken in Miami University Robotics laboratory to demonstrate some types of robots discussed during the session.
Materials: None
Grade Level: 9-12

3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing ENGAGE
Zane Decker, Cincinnati State
Students will first focus on print placement using parts of various shapes and sizes. Then they will adjust the settings of the printer to change the outcomes of a print. Finally, the group will discuss the design of models for different purposes and outcomes.
Materials: Necessary files for printing will be sent by the presenter to the student or on-site instructor. Students should have access to Cura software (free download) and at least one 3D printer.
Grade level: 10-12
Students with some experience in 3D Printing. The workshop will be recorded and posted to YouTube.

Internet of Things Demo and Discussion
Dr. Reza Abrishambaf, Miami University
The Internet of Things is a network of devices that are embedded with sensors, actuators, communication modules, and software to facilitate the connectivity. The concept is used in industrial automation, building management systems, and remote sensing. We will discuss Raspberry Pi as an example of an IoT device- demonstrating its features and capabilities and how it is used in IoT applications.
Materials: None
Grade Level: 9-12

Manufacturing Career Opportunities
Industry Employers
Panel Discussion
A video and discussion about regional careers and technology. Area employers will discuss future trends, job opportunities and hiring qualifications.
Materials: None
Grade level: 9-12

Arduino Microcontroller and Robots
Dr. Hiren Gami, Miami University
An examination of Arduino microcontrollers and how they are programmed. This workshop will focus on using the Arduino to control robots.
Materials: None
Grade level: 9-12

Fundamentals of Flight -Foam Airplane Project ENGAGE
Tim Morris, Cincinnati State
Students will learn about the principles and fundamentals of flight. Following a presentation, students will build a foam airplane and experiment with flight patterns.
Materials: Foam Airplane Kits
Grade level: 10-12

LED Chaser
Dr. Roger Seifried, Miami University
Students will be introduced to logic and timing circuits used by engineering technicians. With virtual support, students will build an LED Chaser project.
Materials: LED Chaser Kits
Grade level: 11-12

Cincinnati State Co-Op Opportunity ENGAGE
Noelle Grome and Co-Op Coordinators and Employers
Nov. 13 Panel Discussion
A team of Cincinnati State co-op coordinators, employers and students will introduce cooperative learning opportunity, describing their experiences and the value co-op learning adds to education.
Materials: None
Grade level: 9-12

Truss Bridge

Miami University, Dr. Tiger Yu


This workshop is for students interested in engineering, especially in Mechanical Engineering or Civil Engineering. For future mechanical engineers (engineers build machines) and civil engineers (engineers build tall structures), the topic covered in the workshop belongs to a class called Statics, which is a foundation class leading to a successful career in the field.

No technical background is required for the workshop, just bring your laptop.

Grade level: 9-12
Click the file for additional details. Truss Bridge Analysis Intro

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