Category STEM

Oakland Schools Education Foundation awarded $15,000 grant from DTE Energy Foundation

Funds to support Oakland Schools’ countywide robotics program The Oakland Schools Education Foundation has received $15,000 in grant money from the DTE Energy Foundation to help supplement the cost of running the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association (OCCRA), a countywide robotics league designed to provide students with firsthand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences. […]

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 […]

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The OSTC Summer Camp Experience: STEM, Cars and Cooking!

 SUMMER CAMP for Oakland County High School Students: Enroll NOW! Oakland Schools Technical Campuses are offering Oakland County teens a chance to have a high-tech, hands-on summer experience in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), culinary arts and auto repair. These exciting camps fill quickly, so register soon. ******* ENGINEERING / EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CAMP at OSTC Click Here to DOWNLOAD FLYER PDF LOCATION: Northeast Campus […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]