During its HOUSTEX event (Feb. 28-March 2, 2017), SME held an Innovation Tour, which was designed to highlight the importance of manufacturing and draw attention to the rewarding, high-skilled careers available in the industry. Approximately 60 high school students from the Houston area participated, including Barbara Jordan High School for Careers; Energy Institute High School; Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center; Nimitz High School; and Ball High School.
Fifteen University of Houston S079 and Texas A&M University S099 student members/ambassadors were on hand to provide leadership and camaraderie for the high school students. The college students mentored the high school students, leading engagement with the Rippl3D Rocket Challenge and the tour itself.
“I would like to say thank you for inviting Barbara Jordan High School for Careers out to the Student Innovation Student Tour; the students and I really enjoyed the event,” said Tamela Porter-Broussard, CTE instructor at Barbara Jordan High School for Careers. "The highlight of the tour was that students received a chance to participate in a hands-on activity involving a 3D-printed rocket and understanding the dynamics of weight. The second was being able to see how metal was cut using various machinery and programs to complete the job."
Keynote speaker, Graham Hargreaves, CNC Software Inc., developers of MasterCam CAD/CAM software, provided the students with some insight and real-world experiences into software technology for product design, development and manufacturing. The students also heard from SME emerging professionals from SME Houston Chapter 29, Sandra Juarez, chapter chair and mechanical engineering graduate from University of Houston, and Marcos Villeda, a manufacturing engineer for Oceaneering Intervention Engineering and a Texas A&M graduate.
A big thank you to SME's student ambassadors from the University of Houston S079 with faculty leadership from Farouk G. Attia, PhD, and Texas A&M University S099
(who drove two hours each way to participate) with faculty leadership from Wayne Hung, PhD. Thank you to all of the SME members, university ambassadors, volunteers and HOUSTEX exhibitors for showcasing their technology for the high school students.