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Robotics & Manufacturing Department Hosts Summer STEM Camp

Dunwoody’s Robotics & Manufacturing department hosted the College’s first ever STEM Camp June 23-25.

Group shot of STEM Camp students

The camp—sponsored by Boston Scientific—introduced STEM programs/careers like mechanical, civil, electrical, software and industrial engineering to 37 high school juniors and seniors.

Student wiring electronic flashlight During the camp, students were able to participate in group lectures and brainstorming exercises, watch faculty-led demonstrations and explore the College’s classrooms and campus. Campers also engaged in multiple hands-on activities including bridge building and testing; designing, 3D printing and wiring a flashlight; creating a software business plan for a food truck business; and a large Lego manufacturing simulation led by Boston Scientific engineers (pictured below.)

STEM camp students working on a Lego manufacturing simulation The 3-day camp also covered topics in science, physics and mathematics.

“It’s important for students interested in STEM to understand all of the options available to them,” Industrial Engineering Technology Principle Instructor and camp coordinator Janet Nurnberg said. “And although this camp just scratched the surface of STEM opportunities, we are excited to help students along their journey of exploring their future career options.”

Janet says the Robotics & Manufacturing Department has plans to run the camp again next summer.

For additional photos of the 2015 camp, visit our Facebook page.

Dunwoody gives out Outstanding Engineering & Design Awards at Minnesota State High School Robotics Championship

Earlier this month, Dunwoody College of Technology gave out three Outstanding Engineering & Design Awards at the Minnesota State High School Robotics Championship on Saturday, which was held at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.

Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing E.J. Daigle judged each of the 32 teams and selected 3 teams for a new award, which recognizes robotics teams that exhibit unique engineering and/or design solutions.  The award acknowledges that while winning the tournament is a major achievement,  innovation can from creative thinking, experimentation, failure and budgetary and/or engineering constraints.

The award was given to FIRST Robotics Team 2530 Inconceivable from Rochester,  Team 4009 Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) from Duluth Denfeld, and Team 3055 Furious George from Austion. Winning teams received both a trophy and cash prize of $500 for the team to use for 
materials, training and other costs to compete in future years.

Dunwoody has been a friend and sponsor of Minnesota State High School League’s FIRST Robotics competition for several years, but this is the first year that the College has given out an award.

Dunwoody Students Tylor Klish (Welding) and James Olson (Automated Systems & Robotics) staffed a table at the tournament and told interested students and parents about Dunwoody programs and promoted this summer’s STEM Camp.

Also: check out an Austin Daily Herald story on the Furious George team.

Snow Devil 1012 team earns third place in Autonomous Snowplow Competition

The team, lead by faculty advisors E.J. Daigle and John McShannock, was made up of Automated Systems & Robotics students James Adams, Tim Easter, Jim Herman and Evan Prokop; Electronics & Engineering Technology students Andy Haug and Donald Kries; and Engineering Drafting & Design student Tony Laylon.

The team, lead by faculty advisors E.J. Daigle and John McShannock, was made up of Automated Systems & Robotics students James Adams, Tim Easter, Jim Herman and Evan Prokop; Electronics & Engineering Technology students Andy Haug and Donald Kries; and Engineering Drafting & Design student Tony Laylon.

The Snow Devil 1012 plow team earned third place and the Golden Smile Sportsmanship Award last weekend at the Fifth Annual Institute of Navigation (ION) Autonomous Snowplow Competition.  The event is part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival and took place in Rice Park.

The team, lead by faculty advisors E.J. Daigle and John McShannock, was made up of Automated Systems & Robotics students James Adams, Tim Easter, Jim Herman and Evan Prokop; Electronics & Engineering Technology students Andy Haug and Donald Kries; and Engineering Drafting & Design student Tony Laylon.

The Snow Devil 1012 used a magnetic navigation system to track a 0-3VDC electronic signal. Course correction calculations were done in an Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC.

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The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Zenith and Yeti plows earned first and second place. Dunwoody’s Snow Devil 1012 earned third place, followed by the University of Calgary’s Fighting Mongooses, North Dakota State University’s Thundar, Case Western Reserve University’s Von Snowmower, University of Minnesota’s Ground Squirrel, and North Dakota State University’s Snowmenator.

Faculty Advisor and Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing E.J. Daigle said the Snow Devil 1012’s simplistic design and marketability set it apart from the competition.

“Most of the robots had over $10,000 in just sensors. Our total robot cost was $3,000 and could be implemented today by embedding magnetic sensors into a sidewalk or driveway,” he said.

For earning third place, the Snow Devil team won $2,000. Part of the prize money was used to build this year’s robot, some was used for a celebration dinner for the team and the rest will be used to kick start next year’s team.

The team also won the Golden Smile Sportsmanship Award and $500.  Daigle said the team did a lot to deserve the sportsmanship award. The Dunwoody Snow Devils: helped every team with tools, wire and parts to make repairs; cheered the loudest for every team as they competed; organized and participated in the parade with two other teams; initiated crowd participation through an audible checklist and 1-800-SNO-PLOW; and helped tear down the competition field after the event.

WCCO Channel 4 News’ Rachel Slavik interviewed Daigle for the story “Autonomous Snowplow Competition Wows Winter Carnival.”

ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition

According to the ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition website: “The purpose of this competition is to challenge university and college students, as well as the general public, to design, build, and operate a fully autonomous snowplow to remove snow from a designated path. The objectives of this competition include encouraging students and individuals to utilize the state of the art in navigation and control technologies to rapidly, accurately, and safely clear a path of snow.”

 

Darlene Miller share thoughts on 2012 and manufacturing

Darlene Miller, president and CEO of Permac Industries Inc., was recently included in a Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal round up of local executives thoughts on the coming year in business.

Miller serves on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and has been instrumental in the development of the Right Skills Now program. In the interview the MSP Business Journal asked what could be done to “improve the manufacturing condition of the Twin Cities”?

Miller’s response was: “Grow more skilled and trained people, such as those enrolled in our ‘Right Skills Now’ program at Dunwoody and South Central College…”

Click here to read the full story (subscription required).

Dunwoody offers free robotics seminars for high school students

Calling all Twin Cities high school students interested in robotics:

Dunwoody College is offering free Saturday training sessions to any high school student actively participating in robotics. This can include the Midwest Robotics League, FIRST Robotics at any level or just a general interest in engineering, design, electronics or robotics. Mentors and parents are welcome to attend, but the hands-on portion of all activities are reserved for the students.

Topics include: basic electricity, Solidworks design, shop skills, industrial robotics and an introduction to LabVIEW.

Courses take place from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the dates for the seminars are: Oct. 15, 22 and 29; Nov. 5, 12 and 19; Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

For details and to RSVP, email E.J. Daigle, director of Manufacturing & Robotics, at edaigle@dunwoody.edu.

Dunwoody’s “Snow Devils” team takes third place

The Snow Devils autonomous snow plow in action

The Snow Devils autonomous snow plow in action

Dunwoody College’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition team the Snow Devils took third place at last weekend’s competition. The competition was sponsored by the Institute of Navigation and was part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival festivities.

Teams from Ohio University and Miami of Ohio University took first and second. Dunwoody came in third, beating out teams from University of Minnesota, University of Michigan and Wright State.

For the competition, the teams designed a robotic snow plow that had to remove snow from two fields. The first field was a straight line “I Field” which is meant to simulate a city sidewalk. The second field was a “U-Shape” which is far more challenging.

Congratulations to the Snow Devils: Michael Carnis (ASRO), James Jorgenson (MDES), Keith McClelland (ASRO), Joshua Moses (ASRO), Randy Taklo (ASRO) and Nigel Ystenes (ASRO). And many thanks to faculty members John McShannock, Tim Flugum and E.J. Daigle, who advised the team.

The Snow Devils and faculty advisors

The Snow Devils and faculty advisors

For more information check out:http://www.autosnowplow.com.

Manufacturing students build a robotic snow plow

What the team started with

What the team started with

A group of Robotics and Manufacturing students will be competing at this weekend’s St. Paul Winter Carnival in the Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition. The competing schools include: University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, Dunwoody College of Technology, Ohio University, Wright State University and Miami University (of Ohio).

The competition will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 29, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 30, in downtown St. Paul in front of the public library. Dunwoody’s competition slot won’t be announced until 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. We will post video for those who can’t make it to the live competition.

In addition, the Dunwoody team and robotic plow will march in the Winter Carnival parade, which starts at 2 p.m.

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Machining parts for the plow

For the competition, schools must design a robotic snow plow that will remove snow from two fields. The first field is a straight line “I Field” which is meant to simulate a city sidewalk. The second field is a “U-Shape” which is far more challenging. The following students will be competing in this year’s challenge: Michael Carnis (ASRO), James Jorgenson (MDES), Keith McClelland (ASRO), Joshua Moses (ASRO), Randy Taklo (ASRO) and Nigel Ystenes (ASRO). Faculty member John McShannock, Tim Flugum and E.J. Daigle are advising the team.

For more information and to monitor the results check out: http://www.autosnowplow.com.