May 2020
Instructors and Partners Share Teaching Resources
During these unusual times when educators are being asked to teach advanced manufacturing skills online, teachers are stepping up to share what is working and the tools that they are using, to help others during Shop Talk video conference calls. Facilitated by Edu2Mfg's Steve Dicus, the content is delivered mostly by teachers demonstrating what they are using to engage students online.

In addition, industry partners have occasionally joined the calls offering professional development opportunities and access to resources. The group is exploring ways to virtually tour local manufacturers such as Parallax Inc. and enable students to talk in small groups with employees. High school classes may also be able to go on virtual tours of college programs.

As part of the network, educators from other parts of California have also joined in on the calls, contributing their resources. The regional directors for Advanced Manufacturing representing other regions have participated and similar calls are now being offered throughout the state.

The calls are recorded and have been posted under "News" on the North Region Advanced Manufacturing website Edu2Mfg. You can sort posts by category; look for "Instructor Resources" on the right column under the News tab.

Join Shop Talk: The next Shop Talk will be on Tuesday, May 5 at 3:30 PM. Instructors interested in joining these Shop Talk calls or reviewing the recorded calls, please Click Here to request access and/or get on the list for future notifications.
Project Update
Teacher Recommended Online Teaching Resources
During the Shop Talk calls, instructors from colleges and high schools have been sharing the actual tools they have been using to teach remotely. These include ways to engage students, simulations and other online teaching resources for electronics, drafting and other CTE subjects. The list of Online Teaching Resources is continually being updated.
Autodesk® Webinars, Access and Office Hours
Di Jin, Account Manager, Autodesk Education Experiences team, is working with educators to find the tools and information that they need to work with students online. Learn more at the Edu2Mfg blog post: Autodesk Office Hours and Webinars.
Edu2Mfg You Tube Channel Wants to Share Teachers' Channels
The Advanced Manufacturing North Region has established a You Tube channel Edu2Mfg to display Shop Talk webinar recordings. Under the channels tab, we'd like to add subscriptions to teacher and industry partners with information that might be useful to instructors and students. Please contact Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing, North Region, with any suggested channels.
Making with a Purpose Inspires Students
Folsom Lake College student makers are collaborating with Moorpark College students to inspire making at home during isolation. The students have the goal of folding 1000 cranes to signify hope and have posted instructions online so other students and makers can join them. Go to MCMakerspace on Instagram to learn more about the crane project.
Students from Sacramento City College Makerspace are working out of Hacker Lab in Sacramento to contribute to Operation Shields Up, according to Tom Cappelletti, Faculty Project Director, SCC Makerspace. SCC students are also sewing cloth masks and producing ear savers for masks.

Folsom Lake College (FLC) makerspace student workers are using 3D printers at home to produce PPE and are sewing masks. These are being distributed with help from Zack Dowell, Instructional Design and Development Coordinator, Innovation Center, FLC, to Marshall Hospital as well as supporting the Matter Hackers Project and Operation Shields Up.

Two Sierra College students, Alliya Smith-Brown and Kai Ulrich, were featured speakers on a national monthly "Make For All Community Call" on April 28, focusing on how makerspaces are helping to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Using 3D printers on loan, Smith-Brown and Ulrich are building PPE parts in their homes for Operation Shields Up. To date, they have produced 170 head band structures for the effort.  Ulrich was profiled on ABC10 for his work on this project. Sierra College student maker working on PPE.

The all-volunteer #OpShieldsUp initiative, founded by Hacker Lab member, Alan Puccinelli, is producing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for front-line care providers in partnership with Hacker Lab, Masks For Docs and Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, with volunteers, makerspace members and local manufacturers. Go to to learn more.
Manufacturing Resources Responding to COVID-19
To compile quickly changing information, several organizations have informational pages:
Parallax Inc. Offers Professional Development this Summer
In June, July and August, Parallax Inc. is offering complimentary teacher training to technology educators in the U.S. Each of these courses feature the cyber:bot robot with micro:bit and introduce Python programming, electronics and cyber security following the cyber:bot tutorial series.  Learn more at Parallax Expanded Distance Learning for Educators.
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