Conrad Weiser Innovation Day

Posted by Abby Showalter on 5/4/2018

Instructors from seven BCTC programs participated in Conrad Weiser Middle School's Innovation Day. Students were given the choice of learning from over 42 presenters in 55 minute sessions throughout the day. The activities were hands-on and gave the students a real understanding of what would be expected in various career fields. 

BCTC instructors presented on the topics of Precision/Computerized Machining, Mechatronics Engineering Technology, Drafting Design Technology, Graphic Imaging, Horticulture, Painting and Decorating, and Culinary Arts. Each program offered opportunities for the students to really get involved in the project and have a lot of fun doing it! 

student ensembles fidget spinner Students listen to precision machining instructors

In Precision Machining, the students machined and assembled their own fidget spinner. 

mechatronics teacher addresses students  students work on circuit boards

The Mechatronics lab had students working with circuit boards. 

kids enjoy drafting lesson  drafting teachers explains the benefits of 3D images

In Drafting Design, students learned about CADD software, wrote the data to design a fidget spinner, and created a 3D drawing of their final product. 

students discuss sticker designs  student creates stickers

Graphic Imaging couldn't bring their large printing equipment to the middle school, but they did bring lots of photos and information about the print shop. Students then used professional quality art supplies to design stickers, which the BCTC print shop will be providing to the students. 

students make seed balls girls show off muddy hands

In Horticulture, the students literally got their hands dirty while making wild flower seed balls. These wildflowers are a positive improvement to the environment and will also look lovely. 

students look at teacher  student paints board with help from BCTC assistant

The Painting and Decorating instructor decided to use this time as a great opportunity for students to get a head start on Mother’s Day gifts, while also teaching them the foundation for proper painting and stenciling. 

two girls make noodles  student eats noodles he just made from scratch

The Culinary program clearly had the best smelling workshop of the day! Students learned how to make their own noodles from scratch and experiment with different seasonings. At the end of the hands-on lesson, they were able to eat their creations too.