Category 21st Century Skills

Oakland Schools Technology Services honored with Team of the Year award

The Michigan Data Hub recently awarded Oakland Schools Technology Services the 2018 MiDataHub Technical Team of the Year award for its work with the initiative. The Michigan Data Hub is a collaborative, statewide effort created to address challenges in managing and using school data. An ecosystem has been created to allow information to be shared […]

Oakland Schools and FANUC team up to provide teacher externships, promote manufacturing

I applied for the three-week FANUC externship because I believe that there needs to be options for students who are interested in areas such as engineering, robotics and manufacturing, but are not planning on attending a four-year college or are not sure what they want to do after high school. Because of this, I wanted […]

Retirees Teach Skilled Trades in their Second Careers

Last week, three Oakland Schools Technical Campus teachers were featured in General Motors’ GM Retiree Update. Read more about how these men have used their real-world careers to inspire today’s youth. There’s a significant shortage of skilled tradespeople in Michigan to work in emerging industries like advanced manufacturing, but four GM retirees are helping tackle […]

Middle School STEM Camp completes successful summer pilot

Last winter, when Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson first proposed a major STEM camp for middle school students, everyone thought it would be a great idea to give middle school students a first-class exposure to career planning and STEM (Science, Technology and Math.) We also realized that the camps would give us an excellent opportunity to showcase […]

‘ALIEN TECH’: The VIRTUAL Becomes REALITY with a 3D printer

Daniel Alspach, a senior at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast, pushed his chair away from his Computer Aided Design (CAD) of a car body, and gestured to the school’s new Afinia H800 3D printer. The image on his screen would emerge as solid car parts from the printer, enabling Daniel and his team to build a […]

Teaching While Connected: My Google Glass Experiment

“Our students will be earning a living as adults in a world that MOVES”… Julie Alspach: Last year about this time, I attended the MiGoogle conference and listened to Andrew Vander Heuvel talk about his experience with Google Glass. The innovation of Google Glass inspired me to apply to be a Google Glass Explorer. At […]

Oakland Schools

Frankenstein’s Magic Formula: Modern Mechatronics!

WHAT HAPPENS when you combine electronic and mechanical systems with information technology, teachers with engineering experience and a roomful of curious high school students? What happens is a magic Frankenstein-ian formula for success called MECHATRONICS! Mechatronics is an integrated engineering practice responsible for ‘smart’ machinery (think robotics, sensors, new homes, surgical tools and toys). In […]