Hands-on industrial engineering lesson

February 23, 2017

Fifth grade students at Oak Park Elementary got a hands-on lesson in industrial engineering. The students, along with high school helpers, put together bracelets and learned about the production process from cutting the string, to braiding and adding beads. Each student had a specific job and they worked together to create high-quality, uniform products. During the process, they faced some challenges and had to adapt their methods to improve production. In the end they had 15 minutes to create as many bracelets as they could, but their final products had to pass quality inspection from their classroom teacher.

The real-world bracelets activity was sponsored by the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Community Advisory Board at Stillwater Area High School. Board member and MNDoT engineer Nicole Bartelt organized the event. PLTW is an engineering based curriculum that teaches and encourages students to go into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. The focus is to encourage both engineering and other technical fields that would require a 2-year technical degree or working directly out of high school in a technical area.

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