Introduce students to the exciting worlds of advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, and environmental discovery. Students learn important critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a learning cluster environment. Festo’s integrative STEM solution, which offers a number of technologies and emerging technologies, is flexible and allows for a STEM classroom to consist of an entire lab with modules from all clusters, specific clusters, or a variety of each.
There are three learning clusters within the curriculum:
Innovative technologies are changing the manufacturing landscape so it’s important that students learn the foundation of advanced manufacturing through practical application that emphasizes innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking using hands-on training systems.
Integrating the fields of mechanical, electronics, and computer science, students explore an innovative problem-based approach to learning mechatronics using hands-on trainers and robotic systems.
Environmental discovery connects students to the world around them, enabling them to make connections so they can examine how and why things happen in order to make their own decisions about environmental issues.
CAD w/ 3D printing
As Computer-Aided Design (CAD) designers tasked with creating innovative product designs, students are challenged to develop ideas within certain specifications and constraints, and apply CAD software tools to translate their ideas into new product designs.Curriculum
Exploration into subtractive manufacturing using a CNC mill challenges students to develop prototypes and produce parts, adhering to certain specifications and constraints to design and export 3D models for the prototype production process.Curriculum
Engineering and Stress Analysis
Students act as civil engineers, challenged with the design and construction of a new bridge prototype, exploring in the process the basics of statics and stress analysis. Students also investigate the considerations engineers take into account before designing structures.Curriculum
Fiber Optics and Lasers
Students are challenged to design, build, and demonstrate a two-segment (optical fiber and over-the-air laser links), end-to-end circuit, including the specification of the equipment required at the interface between the two segments and at both terminals.Curriculum
As electrical engineers in the automotive industry, students are challenged to design and build a working prototype of a climate control system for an electric minivan that eventually will be purchased by energy-conscious consumers.Curriculum
Exploration into subtractive manufacturing using a CNC lathe challenges students to develop prototypes and produce parts, adhering to certain specifications and constraints to design and export 3D models for the prototype production process.Curriculum
Introduction to Process Engineering
As a facilities manager assigned to work at a factory that consists of machines and processes that generate tremendous amounts of heat, students are challenged to evaluate and select an automatic control system to maintain the cooling system tank at an optimal level.Curriculum
As plastic component/product designers tasked with selecting the best material for specific applications, students are challenged to design a prototype that consists of two materials processed in two different ways to demonstrate the characteristics of each.Curriculum
As aeronautical design engineers, students design and build an airfoil prototype for the wings of an airplane, performing various activities to verify aerodynamics principles presented along the course using a wind tunnel.Curriculum
Automation & Robotics
Students explore robotics systems and the role they play in industry, actively designing a complete robotics system with a robot arm and peripheral tools to simulate manufacturing processes.Curriculum
Students, taking on the role of mechatronics engineers, are challenged to design an automated system that adheres to given specifications and constraints, and explore the interaction between mechanics, electrical engineering, electronics, and computer engineering.Curriculum
Students act as mechanical engineers, challenged with designing a plan to transport a house from its original location to a newly-prepared specialized foundation. Students design a support system and installation method to carry the weight of the house during transportation to its new location.Curriculum
As electronics technicians tasked with building a piece of test equipment, students are challenged to build and test a prototype circuit of a non-contact, digital tachometer.Curriculum
As alternative energy engineers working in response to a request from a city planner who is building new communities in two different location, students are challenged to create a plan to support the energy needs of the citizens of the two new towns where at least 90% of the energy consumed should come from renewable sources.Curriculum
Taking on the role of environmental engineers, students explore water testing and water treatment methods, and the impact they can have on the environment. Within a given scenario, students develop a clean water solution for both humans and wildlife.Curriculum