About the project and its workshops
The project achieves its goals by offering free 2-day workshops with sessions addressing Smart Manufacturing. Workshop sessions include:
· Scientific Research Speakers on advances in smart manufacturing technology and policies
· Industrial speakers on novel technologies in the manufacturing industry
· Factory tour
· Hands-on training for Arduino or Python coding of drones
Free project resources posted on the project website
· Six Smart Manufacturing educational modules
· Scientific Publications
· Short talks on applications of Smart Manufacturing
· “Do-it-yourself” resources for faculty from the hands-on drone workshop sessions
· Workshop content
Results and Challenges
Since the start of the SMARTT project in 2018, three workshops have taken place. A total of 75 participants from STEM faculty in 20 states across the U.S. have successfully completed the workshop. Participants had a wide range of academic backgrounds and levels as well as a variety of disciplines. Due to CoVid-19, the workshop moved to virtual with a “do-it-yourself” second day. That resulted in more diverse participants from more geographic locations.
Workshop evaluation results showed a majority of participants strongly indicating that they gained more understanding of Smart Manufacturing policies and technologies. Check the project website for more information and for the workshops scheduled for summer 2021.