Category CareerTechEd

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 […]

Oakland Schools

BLUE RIBBON CAREER TECH ED PROGRAM DRIVES FIRST-PLACE PEDAL CAR

“Our country’s skills gap has to be filled…and it starts with CTE.” TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY students at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northwest (OSTC) in Clarkston took first place at the 2015 Autorama Pedal Car Competition with their Munsters-themed coffin dragster. Pedal cars are toddler-sized vehicles that are built frame-up to actual auto industry specifications. High schools […]

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 […]

Oakland Schools

POWER-ful Biz-ED Partnership Benefits MI Students AND Residents

ABOVE: Consumers Energy Natural Gas BOOT CAMP Graduation Speakers (not shown: Patrick Van Beek, President, Midwest ENERGY Association) “This partnership is a living example of business and education coming together to provide the workforce of today and tomorrow”… Dr. Markavitch Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools, at Boot Camp Graduation Ceremony 2014: “Consumers Energy […]

Oakland Schools

JUMPSTART the FUTURE at NAIAS 2014!

WHEN was the last time you attended the Auto Show…? The North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center (Jan. 18-26) shines a global spotlight on Michigan’s automotive industry. It also offers students a day of insight into potential career paths – a step toward keeping our state’s 21st century talent pool “imported from Detroit”… […]

Oakland Schools

BUILD OFF! Construction Tech Students Raise the ROOF(s)

The 7th Annual Holiday Invitational Carpentry and Masonry Competition on December 12 gave tri-county high school teams the opportunity to show off their construction and masonry skills to each other and to a panel of construction professionals. Hosted by Oakland Schools Technical Campus-Northwest, the event was held inside the cavernous activity center at Springfield Oaks […]