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Manufacturing Day

Students from South Middle were able to participate in the Manufacturing Day activities at St. Charles Community College this year. “The kids walked around the Makers Showcase where a variety of businesses were displaying their product,” teacher Kelly Reardon says. “One of the favorites was seeing a 3D printer in action.”

 

Students also enjoyed the virtual reality welding exhibit from Lincoln, the block puzzles from Component Bar Products and the chance to construct a “dot bot” to race on the track. Breakout sessions offered students the opportunity to hear from more local manufacturers, including Masterclock, manufacturer of a precise timing system used at the Olympics and by NASA for rocket launches. The day included a tour as well.

 

“We went to Seyer Industries in St. Peters and toured the facility,” Reardon says. “They manufacture airplane components. The kids got to see how the product is at the beginning (solid metal), then walked through all the steps in the process and finished at shipping.” 

 

 “The kids said they really enjoyed it,” Reardon says. “I even got email from a couple of parents talking about how their kids came home and were excited to share with their parents about the activity.”

 

Manufacturing Day is an effort to allow the community to see first-hand what is made in St. Charles County and to allow middle and high school students the opportunity to explore career opportunities. The 2016 event was made possible by St. Charles Community College in partnership with St. Charles County Workforce Development, City of O'Fallon, O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce and several local manufacturers.

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Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day