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Intelitek Workshops and Presentations at ACTE 2015

Intelitek took part in ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2015 expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, an event that hosted over 3000 career and technical education professionals. We had the opportunity to hold several workshops and presentations and even collaborate with ACTE to put on a webinar!

Using Community Projects to Engage Students in Technical Education

In collaboration with ACTE, Intelitek participated in the “How to Use community Resources to Engage Students in Technical Education” webinar which is available to be viewed here:

 

Mechatronics with LabVIEW

Our LabVIEW Product Manager, Justin Stephens also gave a presentation on Intelitek’s Mechatronics with LabVIEW program. This presentation emphasized the importance of the program for today’s students and getting the CLAD certification. The CLAD (Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer) is an industry-recognized certification offered by National Instruments.

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InspirED Professional Development

Shannon Richmond, Director of Professional Development delivered a workshop on “Engaging Girls in STEM Education through Community Service”. This workshop was a preview of our five hour self-paced course of the same name and gave a quick overview of one of the “hot topics” in the STEM education world.

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Withlacoochee Technical College Using Intelitek Equipment to Certify Students with CPT Certification

Withlacoochee Technical College is home to the Automation and Production Technology Program taught by Laurie Newkirk. This program is nothing short of amazing and is seeing incredible results, with graduates being placed in manufacturing positions. We had an opportunity to visit the Inverness, Florida school to learn about how Intelitek equipment and a great instructor can prepare students for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician certification and ultimately a career in manufacturing.

The Automation and Production Technology program prepares students with the relevant technical knowledge and skills to prepare the students for a career in the manufacturing industry. With the Intelitek equipment and curriculum, a driven Instructor, and dedicated students you have a recipe for success.

 


Intelitek delivers EasyC training to elementary school teachers in Mississippi.

Intelitek delivers EasyC training to elementary school teachers in MississippiOver 65 teachers from 16 elementary schools spent the weekend of Sept 12th in Raymond, Mississippi learning how to program a clawbot using Inteliteks EasyC v5 programming software.  The teachers assembled a clawbot from VEX IQ build instructions and sat with a look of apprehension and fear as Product Manager, Trevor Pope asked how many of the teachers have earned computer science degrees, or are experts with C programming.
As expected, no hands were raised and Intelitek started the short process of instructing teachers how to program their VEX IQ robots with EasyC v5 programming software.  Teachers were instructed on basic autonomous programming skills then programmed their robot to navigate mazes with a variety of difficulty levels.  Teachers were showed how to program the gamepad joysticks and buttons and each had the opportunity to compete on the Bank Shot playing field.  Inteliteks EasyC software provided teachers with a non-programming background the ability to understand the basic concepts of programming.  Each teacher in attendance was provided a 1 year license to EasyC v5 allowing them to share their newfound expertise to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade elementary school students.

Intelitek delivers EasyC training to elementary school teachers in Mississippi

A vision of how these exciting resources could be implemented in an “Exploring Robotics” STEM Curriculum was well received by the  dedicated and enthusiastic group of teachers from the following schools; Baxterville, Camden Elementary, East Flora, Highland Elementary, Longleaf Elementary, Madison Career & Technical Center, Madison Upper Elementary, Madison Crossing, Newton County, Oak Grove Lower Elementary, Old Towne Middle School, Purvis Upper Elementary, Richton Elementary, Sumrall Elementary, Union Elementary and Vancleave Upper Elementary.

 

Intelitek delivers EasyC training to elementary school teachers in Mississippi


Q & A With SKILLS USA AMT Judge & Ivy Tech Associate Professor Steve Bardonner

Skills USA is one of the most important annual events that demonstrates the talents of thousands of high-school students across the United States in the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. These students are competing for wonderful prizes through various competitions ranging from cosmetology, to Advanced Manufacturing. But the most revered prize of all, is a job.
Every year among the hustle and bustle of the event, industry members view competitions with watchful eyes and jobs offers ready to be awarded to those that succeed. But let’s not forget how much effort and time goes into such a competition. Without the help of Ivy Tech and people like Steve Bardonner, Skills USA wouldn’t be what it is today. We had an opportunity to sit down and get an interview with Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Technology and Applied Science and Engineering Technology, Steve Bardonner.

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Intelitek: How would you describe your participation at SkillsUSA?

Steve: Back in summer of 2014, I was having a discussion with Intelitek’s Regional Sales Manager Rob Clarke about some general topics. Somehow the subject of Skills came up and he was saying that due to the relocation of the event, he was in need of establishing new contacts and judges at the new venue. I mentioned to him since Louisville was near Indiana that I would be happy to help. Already familiar with Skills USA from being a program chair at Ivy Tech in Muncie who for a few years participated in the CAD Competition, I was excited to be involved. At the competition I served as a judge in the AMT (Automated Manufacturing Technology) Competition using my expertise as a CAD person and educator in evaluating the projects.

 

Intelitek: What are your thoughts regarding the event? Favorite moments? Anything truly memorable?

Steve: I came away very impressed by the organization, the events, and the venue. The other thing that stood out with the professionalism that all the students demonstrated in and out of the competition.

 

Intelitek: What is Ivy Tech and why should people know about Ivy Tech?

Steve: Ivy Tech is the largest Community College System in the United States and the largest state-funded college in the state of Indiana. Ivy Tech’s purpose is to help people improve their careers by preparing them for the demands of a variety of professions. We offer anything from industrial certifications to Associate degrees several programs to include many that made up the competitions at Skills USA. Also many regions compete in Skills.

 

Intelitek: What was the role of Ivy Tech in your attendance at Skills? And what kind of work do you do there?  (You’re the Dean of Science and Technology correct?)

Steve: When I told my administration that I had been asked to participate (which also included the Office of the President) much support was given to me by giving me the time from my very busy schedule to be a part of this exciting program. I am the Dean of the Schools of Technology and Applied Science and Engineering Technology at the Central Indiana Region of Ivy Tech that offer programs in Robotics, CNC, Welding, Automotive, CAD, and many more of the competition events.

 

Intelitek: We would love to have you again, would you come back again next year?

Steve: I would very much like to be a part of this program and return to Skills USA next year.

All of us at Intelitek want to thank Steve Bardonner and Ivy Tech for making the Automated Manufacturing Technology competition possible.

To find out more about Ivy Tech, visit https://www.ivytech.edu/


Q & A With SKILLS USA Mobile Robotics Champions Morgan Chen and Samarat Darren Srivathanakul of Richardson HS, Texas

The SKILLS USA National Championships were held June 24th and 25th in Louisville KY, with 6,000 of the country’s top career and technical education students competing in over 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. To earn a spot at the prestigious national event, all participating students had previously won a state contest.

Within the competition, Intelitek set the industry based competencies and standards for three of the contests, including Robotics and Automation Technology, Automated Manufacturing Technology, and Mobile Robotics Technology; all of which have seen an increase in participation levels by 10% from the previous year.

The Mobile Robotics competition contains teams of two students who build a robot based on design, assembly and build instructions they create and store in an engineering notebook. The students are judged on the quality of the engineering notebook, an oral presentation in front of industry based judges and robotic performance on a competitive field

Intelitek’s Product Manager, Trevor Popesat down with Mobile Robotics gold medal winners and Intelitek users Morgan Chen and Samarat Darren Srivathanakul, two seniors at Texas’ Richardson High School.

Morgan and Darren on the competition field

Morgan and Darren on the competition field


Intelitek – We would like to understand your journey. What were your goals and what obstacles did you overcome throughout the season?

Morgan – Like every competing team, our goal was to create a robot that would score the most points and ultimately earn the gold medal. To achieve that goal, my teammate and I focused especially on an efficient robot design and a strong autonomous program. We understood that a simple but strong robot design was all that we really needed, yet a strong autonomous program would be necessary to gain an edge in the competition, especially at the national level. In the end, patience and perseverance were key to overcoming these and all obstacles that we faced.

Darren – Our goals this season was to come back from last year’s loss and improve our designs and skills to get a better placement in the competition, or even win. Many design mechanics were made as prototypes to our drive, lift, and intake systems, but many failed to perform as smoothly and efficiently as we wanted them to.

 

Intelitek – What made you a successful team? 

Morgan – I believe that one important factor to our team’s success was our experience gained from last year’s competition. For example, my teammate and I realized that while we were given a day to build our robot, it was vital that we set apart some time to test out and practice the operation of the robot as well. Furthermore, we realized the importance of the autonomous program in the competition and the importance of practice with the manual driver operation. Another key factor that I believe contributed to our success was our dedication and motivation. My partner and I spent countless work hours throughout the school year, and oftentimes stayed after school and worked at home when necessary to perfect our robot and work on the notebook and oral presentation as best as we could.

Team 126's robot carrying two cubes to the scoring zone

Team 126’s robot carrying two cubes to the scoring zone

Darren – We worked throughout the year, thinking of and producing new designs to improve the performance of our robot.

 

Intelitek – How did you become interested in robotics? 

Morgan – I played a lot with Legos as a child, sparking my interest in building and creating; principles closely aligned with robotics and engineering. In my last year of elementary school (6th grade), I joined a robotics magnet program that my school provided where we worked with the Lego Mindstorms NXT kits. I continued with the robotics magnet program through my middle school years, where I worked closely with AutoCAD software and machining skills. I followed the magnet program to high school, as my past experiences with the robotics program only further kindled my interest in robotics and engineering.

Darren – Since I was a little kid I always loved toy cars and Lego products. I built a love for mechanics and engineering through the robotics program in my elementary school, the Math Science and Technology Magnet, where we used LEGO Mindstorms to experiment with building and programming robots for competition. This heightened my interest in robotics greatly and I continued to enjoy exploring robotics with VEX in the robotics magnet program in Richardson West Junior High and Richardson High School.

 

Intelitek – What are your future plans and did they result from your experience in robotics?

Morgan – Ultimately, I aspire to pursue a successful career in engineering, ideally one geared towards but in no way utterly bound to the branches of mechanical, electrical, and/or computer science engineering. I’m interested in robotic engineering and its application to defense technology, and am an admirer of the work of companies such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, etc. My future aspirations are heavily influenced by my experiences in robotics as the underlying principles inherent in robotics, such as design and construction, have always interested me.

Darren – After finishing my high school robotics program, I plan to study some form of engineering whether it be electrical or somewhere else in the field. I would really like to work in engineering in the future.

 

Intelitek – Do you use Intelitek’s EasyC software and / or our Robotics Engineering Curriculum or other curriculum?  Was it helpful?

Morgan – My teammate and I opted to use Intelitek’s EasyC programming software for our competition autonomous program. EasyC software was helpful in the creation of our robot’s autonomous program as it was straightforward and clear-cut.

Darren – We used easyC v4 for the past couple years. It is easy to use, great for beginners and easy to program simple and complex tasks for sensors and motors.


Intelitek-Powered Robots Go Head-to-Head in Elementary School Robot Wars

A fleet of robots built and programmed by elementary students recently went head to head in the exciting Vex Robotics Tournament held at Richton Elementary School in Richton MS. Robots were tasked with moving objects around an obstacle course, earning points for each successful move.

Richton’s team was completely made up of 6th graders, making them by far the youngest team entering the competition. Teachers were also quick to point out to KFVS12 News that there were just as many girls competing as boys, showing that these exciting initiatives are encouraging more and more enterprising students to explore a career in manufacturing, robotics and computer science.

To get the most out of the competition, robots are delivered to the teams completely unassembled, and it’s up to the students to build them from scratch. It’s a challenging and fun activity with a competitive element that gets kids highly interested in STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Other useful real-world skills are fostered, such as project management, time management, working in groups and problem solving. The competition is a culmination of a lot of hard work and determination from these young engineers.

We’re proud that this initiative is running on Intelitek’s software, with students programming their robots using easyC, a programming language designed to be powerful enough to perform advanced operations but simple enough for young students to pick up.


Mobile Robotics at SKILLS New Hampshire

Intelitek proudly celebrated our 6th consecutive year hosting the
state SKILLS New Hampshire Mobile Robotics Technology SKILLS 3-13-2015contest held on March 13th at the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, NH. Intelitek supports three of 46 total SKILLS NH State contests including Mobile Robotics Technology, Automated Manufacturing Technology and Robotics and Automation Technology. The 2015 event challenged teams of two to design a robot that could move, lift and stack colored cubes into designated color-coded scoring zones within a two-minute time limit. The round is split into a sixty second autonomous and 60 second operator control period. Judging criteria are based on the quality of an Engineering Notebook competitors share with industry based judges, evaluation of a student prepared presentation, and robot scoring performance.  The winning team is invited to Louisville, Kentucky to compete against approximately 40 state winners for the title of National Champion making this Friday the 13th a very lucky day for the winning team.

Intelitek offers Robotics Engineering Curriculum (REC) which contains everything needed to begin a successful classroom program with hands-on activities and compelling online curriculum while teaching students the STEM theory to design a robot capable of competing at a National level. REC embeds easyC programming software within the curriculum allowing users to produce effective C code programs in a short period of time.

IMG_1291 Any High School or Post Secondary schools interested in registering a team can find more information at the SKILLS USA website. http://www.skillsusa-register.org/

 

 

 

 

 


Vice President Joe Biden Discusses Manufacturing Education at Manchester Community College

We were delighted to be in attendance at our educational partner Manchester Community College’s discussion of secondary education with Vice President Joe Biden on 25 February 2015. The Vice President took questions from students, educators and businesses alike, and discussed his vision of how collaborations between the public and private sector are vital to training a world-class workforce in the 21st century.

Vice President Biden led by stating how the U.S. is poised for a resurgence in manufacturing jobs, with companies who have previously outsourced manufacturing to China overwhelmingly looking to ‘in-source’ jobs back to the U.S. in the near future. He noted how 31,500 new skilled welders would be needed by 2020.

Surrounded by students benefitting from the modern equipment and educational techniques used in Manchester Community College, the Vice President re-iterated his feelings that community colleges are “the best kept secret in America,” allowing students from all backgrounds to build the skills that put them in excellent positions.

Much of the time was opened up to students who shared how free community college education and access to modern training facilities had given them a future working in manufacturing, an opportunity that would not have been available without this support.

With our representatives in attendance, Manchester Community College stated that Intelitek has been very supportive of their programs, and that they maintain a good relationship with the company It was also noted that Intelitek is on the Manchester Community College’s advisory board, “helping to frame the right kind of resources and education” in regard to building the most skilled workforce in the area. Vice President Biden added that he was impressed and encouraged.

 


Making Sense of the First Robotics Competition’s roboRIO

It’s that time of year again – the First Robotics Competition has begun. This exciting competition pits teams of 25 or more high school students against each other in a bid to build robotics to the highest standard. The competition is as close to real world engineering as high school students can get, and students qualify for over $25 million in college scholarships. It features over 73,000 students in nearly 3,000 teams from all across the globe.

The First Robotics Competition challenges students to prove they have what it takes across a range of disciplines, and accurately mirrors real world engineering practices and challenges. The competition element makes robotics and engineering fun and exciting, and motivates students to work together to overcome some of the tough real world trials that engineers face, all with the support of professional engineers.

This year, the mandatory controller is the National Instruments roboRIO. It’s an all-new controller that’s lighter, more powerful and more versatile than anything the First Robotics Competition has seen before. Supporting the LabView operating system, it uses the Xilinx Zynq chipset and is designed to be extra-rugged so that it can withstand multiple First Robotics Competition seasons.

Programming the roboRIO is an excellent way to begin using LabView, the industry standard system design and development environment used extensively for instrument control, data acquisition and industrial automation in engineering. The gamut of projects used by engineers on a daily basis with LabView run from rapid prototyping up to large-scale projects such as Space-X mission control and the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

For those new to the roboRIO or LabView, we’ve put together a handy tutorial to the controller which we’re giving away free to all those interested in the First Robotics Competition. This short course provides an introduction to the roboRIO and programming it with LabView.

You can access this FREE introductory course right here: http://first.intelitek.com/


New College and Career Academy Opens in Henry County Featuring Intelitek’s Advanced Manufacturing Equipment

New College and Career Academy Opens in Henry County Featuring Intelitek’s Advanced Manufacturing Equipment

Dignitaries and media were out in force this week for the opening of Henry County’s brand new College and Career Academy, a new 56,000 square ft. state-of-the-art facility offering 10 new programs. Students are given the opportunity to take everything they learn in the classroom and put it into practice in a technology-rich environment, allowing them to understand what they are learning and why they are learning it.

The Academy offers everything from high tech manufacturing – which features Intelitek’s industry-leading advanced manufacturing learning equipment – to healthcare, a full-size industrial kitchen, graphic design, and automotive shop. With all these cool gadgets, students get motivated to learn as they know what they are learning is relevant to the modern world and their future. Freshmen starting in the program are taking the opportunity to get a high school diploma and a 2-year college degree at the same time.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who was there in person for the grand opening, said that this type of facility “offered students the kind of job they want”, and with results such as 98% graduation rates and 100% placement rates, they were planning to roll the programs out to as many students as possible. He also noted that facilities like the College and Career Academy is a powerful way to get industry to come into the area, with a motivated and highly skilled workforce ready to fill positions.

Featured on local Atlanta news, the new College and Career Academy is a boon for students, parents, teachers and local industry. Students get the marketable skills they need to take them into great jobs in the area, and we’re proud that Intelitek has been able to help facilitate the building of this great academy.

See the video here


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