zSpace 3D Computers

zSpace 3D augmented reality computers are utilized allowing users to interact with and manipulate realistic three-dimensional models. Interactive applications and activities teach participants about a range of STEM subjects including physics, electricity, and anatomy.

Welding in Virtual Reality

Participants can try their hand at MIG welding in a virtual environment that simulates the real thing without all the dangerous parts!  This will offer participants a look into the skill sets that welding requires.  Demonstrators will aid the participants in making connections between the educational and career opportunities available in welding.

Aviation Coatings and Paint in Virtual Reality

Participants can experience what it would be like to paint objects inside a virtual industrial commercial environment. Once finished our demonstrators will explain where the paint was too thin, too thick, or coated well, and aid in making connections to a skilled career in this high-demand field.

Aviation Sheet Metal Assembly

Participants can use the actual power tools used in the aviation industry to try their hand at sheet metal riveting, using actual rivets and the same aluminum used to manufacture airplane skins. Demonstrators will explain why rivets are used in aviation as fasteners, and discuss the difference between a correctly driven rivet and a poorly driven one.

Industrial Robotics

Participants can be introduced to the highly technical and growing field of industrial robotics. They will learn about basic programming and the 3D Cartesian Coordinate System to run the robotic arm. Students and guests will learn about the educational and career opportunities related to this increasingly demanded career.

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)

This activity allows participants to learn about Additive Manufacturing by choosing a digital solid model, then creating the actual object using a 3D Printer. Demonstrators will link the use of rapid prototyping with computer aided design (CAD) and touch on the industries that use this technology. Comparisons will be made between additive and subtractive methodologies.

(In development – coming soon)

Subtractive Manufacturing (CNC Machining)

Participants can learn about Subtractive Manufacturing by choosing a 2D design file, and then executing that file on a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) carving machine. Demonstrators will link the use of this technology to computer aided design (CAD) and touch on the industries where it is used. Comparisons will be made between additive and subtractive technologies.

(In development – coming soon)

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