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Robot Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

unveils a framework for universities to train the next generation of creators, rather than laborers, by enhancing skills that are innately, and uniquely, human. The impetus for the book was a realization that robotics and artificial intelligence are advancing more rapidly than anyone predicted. Even scientists appear to be caught off-guard by the sudden and unprecedented capabilities of their creations. These technological advances have vast implications, especially for the future of work.

Northeastern University President and author Joseph E. Aoun said, “Machines are smart and getting smarter,” More jobs are going to disappear and new jobs will be created. We need to meet these challenges.”

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His plan? Cultivate the best of what it means to be human. Aoun has proposed a new comprehensive curriculum based on a field he calls humanics—the human equivalent of robotics—which is defined by the mastery of three literacies: technological literacy, data literacy, and human literacy—the third referring to qualities computers can’t replicate, no matter how smart they become.

Northeastern University President and author Joseph E. Aoun

Educating Kids in the Jobs that will Keep U.S. Competitive - An Interview with Norm Augustine

1) Let's talk a bit about STEM in general. Why is it important, specifically as it relates to the kinds of jobs that are growing in Colorado and beyond? All the evidence I've collected convinces me that the future of this country pivots to a considerable degree on our prowess in STEM. Most the major problems are going to have to find the solutions to their problems through STEM...health care, defense...

My second conclusion is we're losing ground to other countries, ... and we're going to be in trouble for it. Nationally, while a lot has been done, when it comes to standardized international tests, we're doing more poorly than we did years ago. The percentage of young people going into STEM — other countries are way past us...it's not that we are getting worse; it's that everyone else is getting better. We are somewhere between stagnant and moving forward a small amount.
Norm Augustine

CAD/CAM "Rocks" at Macomb Community College

When Gary Walters, Professor of Applied Technology at Macomb Community College, rocks out on his beautiful electric guitar, he has the satisfaction of knowing it is one of many created by his talented students. Walters is part of the Applied Technology & Apprenticeship department and runs the advanced manufacturing program, known as ATAP (Applied Technology Advanced Processes). “I developed this program in 2004,” says Walters, “after meeting Bob Skodzinsky from Haas who said if we updated our curriculum, Haas would provide the CNC machines. We became a Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) and never looked back. This put us on the map with regard to hiring interest from manufacturing companies in the region.” Macomb offers fourteen courses related to CNC, including basic G and M code programming, machine setup and operation, and Computer Assisted Machining (CAM) programming. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, as well as two coveted certificates, CNC Machinist (entry-level operator), and CAM Technologist (entry-level programmer). Their 4,000-square-foot shop area contains manual mills, lathes and surface grinders for teaching the basics, in addition to five Haas CNC machining centers, three Haas CNC turning centers, two EDM machines, two 3D rapid prototyping printers (Fused Deposition Modeling), an Epilog laser engraver, a Zoller offline tool pre-setter, and a hand-held scanner for reverse engineering. “In addition to the machines we own,” says Walters, “Haas entrusts machines to us, currently a machining center and a live tooling turning center.”

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Corona High School - Best Practices in STEM Education

Eric Lee has been teaching Design Manufacturing Technology to his students at Corona High School for over twenty years. With a background in plastics and metalworking, he incorporated his passion for creativity into the curriculum and developed a program that has encouraged and delighted students from inquisitive freshmen to career-bent seniors. When he began at Corona, the technology course was only a few years old and depended on one CNC lathe and one CNC mill running off antiquated DOS software to bring students’ projects from design to manufacture.

 

Technical Education: From Homeless to CNC Operator in 4 Months

Jason came to Symbol hungry for a career change.   He had been unemployed for several years, barely making ends meet working at a carwash and living in a shelter.  Jason met with a career counselor who suggested he look into the manufacturing field since it is a career that would continue to provide opportunities for growth and personal development.  Jason liked the idea of working in a production occupation with high tech machines.  

 

Impressed that the demand for CNC operators would continue to increase for the foreseeable future, Jason enrolled in Symbol's CNC 303 course, studying CNC Programming, Setup and Operations with an additional 80 hours of machine shop internship. 


Why We're Betting on Manufacturing

America can turn a slow recovery into a strong comeback, one that grows our economy and firmly reestablishes our country as a powerhouse of ideas and production. The key – and what will determine the winners and losers of an exciting new era – is our willingness and ability to lead the next “big waves” of productivity.

There are four new drivers of productivity, and success in each depends on the technology and talent we develop. The first is how the sheer volume and increased access to shale gas in regions around the globe is changing the energy debate and the balance of energy power.


New Machinist Calculator Increases Productivity, Profits

Calculated Industries, maker of the award-winning Construction Master® calculators, has developed a new handheld calculator specifically designed for machinists. The Machinist Calc Pro is built for efficiency-minded machinists, setters, tool-and-die makers, supervisors and shop owners in small to mid-sized machine shops who want to increase shop productivity and profits in the design, layout and set-up stages of production.

The Machinist Calc Pro is a dedicated handheld machining math and reference tool that provides a complete assortment of essential machine shop solutions and time-saving tap and drill charts that can dramatically increase users’ calculating power, eliminate wasted steps and reduce costly machine-tool wear.

Manufacturing Education Strategy - 600,000 Jobs Unfilled

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has put forth a national action plan:“Workforce Imperative: A Manufacturing Education Strategy,” at the 2012 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at Chicago’s McCormick Place. It calls for manufacturers, educators, professional organizations and government to coordinate and standardize efforts aimed at reversing the skills gap crisis and preparing a skilled workforce for the high-tech manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow.

 


Scholarships of up to $25,000 to Students Excelling in "STEM" Subjects

TheAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation (AIAA Foundation) has been selected to administer the Iridium NEXT Scholarship Fund, which will award scholarships of up to $25,000, out of a pool initially funded at $250,000, to students who have demonstrated high standards of academic excellence in the "STEM" fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


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