CAD – A “soon-to-be” common skill set

CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design and is an everyday tool in our generation of engineering. No matter what you do in engineering, you will either use CAD on a daily basis or could benefit from some limited knowledge of the resources it has to offer. With the growth of 3D printing, CAD is not only …

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Visiting the Hoover Dam!

This past weekend, I took a trip down to Las Vegas for a concert and to visit a friend. I’ve lived in Nevada for nearly 14 years and this was my first time to Las Vegas. What is the first thing I wanted to do as soon as I landed? Go see Hoover Dam, of …

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When your Mom is cooler than you…

Happy National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week! Today I am introducing you to a STEM professional who is a big reason why I am a STEM professional myself...my Mom! She does incredibly fun stuff in the lab that I do not understand at all (She's a biology science type, and I'm more the mechanical/machines science type). …

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Katie Dolan: GE Software Engineer

That past Saturday, I sat down with the charismatic Katie Dolan to talk STEM. Katie has a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is currently a Software Engineer for GE. At GE, Katie programs software for users to diagnose machine health. Katie works on all ends of the …

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Cultivating Empathy in STEM Education

As a STEM teacher, my husband, Mark, is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and receives their bimonthly “Science Scope” magazine. The magazine houses great content for teachers and parents, with articles and activities to help effectively engage students in STEM-related subjects. While flipping through the magazine, Mark noticed an article that he thought …

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This Week’s “Teacher Feature” Mary Young

Name: Mary Young Position/Title: STEM Lab Facilitator/Teacher – Pine Middle School Grade Level: 6-8 How would you describe your path to becoming a STEM teacher? I started out as an Elementary teacher teaching 1st grade in Carson City. Carson added computer labs to the elementary schools and hired certified teachers to teach computer literature and …

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Two Easy Ways to Ignite STEM

I recently had a mom ask me for ideas on how to get her son interested in a STEM career. STEM can’t be forced on anyone, but I think if you dig deep enough, nearly everyone can find something within the STEM realm that interests them enough to investigate what’s out there. The career opportunities …

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Share Your Passion, Inspire Others

Today, I received a wonderful reminder as to why I do STEM outreach. I opened an interoffice mail envelope to find a clasp envelope filled with thank you notes. Last week, I had participated in a middle school career day. I had three rotations of students in 25-minute blocks of time, hoping I could make …

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FIRST® Robotics Competition: Mentoring the Next Generation of Innovators

At lunch today, I sat down with my good friend Chris to talk about his volunteer work with a FIRST® Robotics Competition team. He talks about it constantly and is always trying to get me to jump on board as a mentor. I always laugh and tell him that I promise to look into it …

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Let’s Talk Lean: Part 3

Happy Friday! My last couple of posts have gotten us through five of the eight common wastes. Seven of the eight were originally defined by the Toyota Production System with the additional waste being Non-Utilized Talent (which we covered yesterday) So far, we have covered the following: Defects Overproduction Waiting Non-Utilized Talent Transportation Inventory Motion …

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