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  • NEW! Lynxmotion AL5D PLTW Guide

    NEW! Lynxmotion AL5D PLTW Guide

    Question: The guide for building the Lynxmotion AL5D robot is not easy to follow. Do you have any suggestions for building the robot? Answer: Of course we do!  #1: Robotshop & Lynxmotion put out a brand new guide that can be found HERE. The new guide is very easy to follow with great step by […]Read More »
  • The Dobot Magician: A REAL Educational Robot?

    The Dobot Magician: A REAL Educational Robot?

      About a month ago  I purchased a Dobot Magician from an Etsy shop, as that was the only way to get them at the time. Try telling your business office you want to use school money to buy something on Etsy….  Luckily, it was a grant, and I was able to purchase it. It […]Read More »
  • See you at the University of Texas at Tyler!

    See you at the University of Texas at Tyler!

    Well CTI’s have been doled out finally!  Jim will be at CalPoly Pomona, Ryan Dennes will be at the University of Kentucky & Bucknell and I will be at the University of Texas at Tyler with Ryan Stobaugh . There are a total of nine sessions going on for CIM throughout the summer so check […]Read More »
  • 2017 PLTW EOC CIM Final Exam

    2017 PLTW EOC CIM Final Exam

    It’s that time of year again! I am now receiving at least 20 requests per week that sound something like this: ” Can you give/share/sell me your final exam questions, resources, study guides?”. The short answer is NO. District policy prevents me from sharing any assessment resources that I utilize in the teaching of any […]Read More »
  • CIM-A-Palooza 2017

    CIM-A-Palooza 2017

      Welcome to Cazenovia High School for CAP 2017. Thirty CIM teachers from across this great state getting together to share their expertise and their passion in Computer Integrated Manufacturing. The goal of CIM-A-Palooza is to walk away with a better understanding of what kind of high-tech manufacturing takes place locally (Tour of Marquardt), and a […]Read More »
  • Robots Taking Over? Your Job is Safe….

    Robots Taking Over? Your Job is Safe….

    So, you’re worried about robots taking over the world???  Maybe not yet. But according to this article on Link’d In, you may not have to worry about them taking your job! According to Shelly Palmer, CEO at the Palmer Group, These are the jobs that robots won’t be able to take. You can read the full […]Read More »
  • The First Jobs Robots Will Take Over

    The First Jobs Robots Will Take Over

    So, you’re worried about robots taking over the world???  Maybe not yet. But according to this article on Link’d In, you may have to worry about them taking your job! According to Shelly Palmer, CEO at the Palmer Group, These are the first five jobs to go. You can read the full article HERE. The 5 […]Read More »
  • Injection Molding

    Injection Molding

  • Family Times in CNY: STEM Education

    Family Times in CNY: STEM Education

      Complete article as it appears in the Family Times of CNY can be found here:  http://goo.gl/qagF6H On a warm morning in mid-June, as the final hours of the school year were winding down at Cazenovia High School, engineering and technology instructor Chris Hurd was putting the finishing touches on his 27th year with the […]Read More »
  • What is Engineering?

    What is Engineering?

    What is Engineering? Here’s a brief synopsis in a 2 minute video from MIT And one about different types of engineers from Youtube:Read More »
  • CalPoly Pomona: Factory Smackdown!

    CalPoly Pomona: Factory Smackdown!

    The new CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) teachers at CalPoly Pomona’s CTI successfully completed another “Factory Smackdown”.  See the videos below! Concierge Factory: In our factory cell an AGV stops at each of four stations, where a signal is sent to a robotic arm. The arm picks up a product, places it into the package, then […]Read More »
  • Feetech Servo on the Lynxmotion AL5D Arm

    Feetech Servo on the Lynxmotion AL5D Arm

    Question: My new Lynxmotion AL5D robot arm from RobotShop came with a new servo called a Feetech. How come my arm works backwards now? Answer: Well…. because the servo may be installed backwards. I know, you looked at the picture on the directions, but the first one may be wrong. When they switched servos, from […]Read More »
  • What’s the Container Project?

    What’s the Container Project?

    What’s the container project you ask? It’s a project done in CIM class that teaches many different facets of CIM including: G & M Code, 3D Modelling, Manual machine operations, CNC machining, Secondary processing, Tolerances, Documentation, Mass Production techniques, Assembly operations, Order of operations, Costs of materials, Speeds & feeds…. Just to name a few… […]Read More »
  • Factory simulations from UK show off automation

    Factory simulations from UK show off automation

    Doesn’t get much better than this!  18 teachers from around the country gathered at the University of Kentucky to learn about CIM for two weeks. They spent two days showing off what they learned by making a factory simulation. The class was broken up into two teams, and both successfully completed their tasks. The rules […]Read More »
  • CIM class at UK gets visitors

    CIM class at UK gets visitors

    Scott Tobias and I are teaching at the University of Kentucky for two weeks, and our charge is this: Train 18 teachers from around the country to teach our nations high school students Computer Integrated Manufacturing. (The best PLTW Engineering course by far btw….) Every year we get visitors from administrators, teachers, and others from […]Read More »
  • CTI 2016: What is CIM?

    CTI 2016: What is CIM?

    Wow! I think I’m famous!  First I saw of this was today, as posted on CalPoly Pomona’s YouTube page. It gives a short overview of what CIM is, and what you can expect to leave from core training with. Thanks CPP!Read More »
  • Chris and Jim CIM Gets a Face Lift!

    Chris and Jim CIM Gets a Face Lift!

    Hey boys and girls! Chris and Jim CIM just got a face lift thanks to an amazing senior at Cazenovia High School. Mike Gugino, a computer/Software Engineering major is a Freshman at RIT and this was his senior project.  Mike did all the coding and the heavy lifting behind the scenes, and then taught us […]Read More »
  • My ________________ doesn’t work. How do I get PLTW Tech Support?

    My ________________ doesn’t work. How do I get PLTW Tech Support?

      Question: My ________________ doesn’t work. How do I get PLTW Tech Support? or What’s in the Purchase Manual? or How do I get….. Answer: PLTW now has what is called the Solution Center, and it can be found here: https://www.pltw.org/get-involved/register-pltw/program-support. There are many questions you can get answers to here including Hardware & Software issues, […]Read More »
  • Robocell Tutorials

    Robocell Tutorials

    on Tuesday, 17 March 2015. START WITH THE BASICS, THEN GET MORE ADVANCED! Robocell is a very powerful robotic simulation program that allows you to teach and learn how to program robotic arms without all the costly hardware! Students really enjoy it, and think of it as a video game. Students build a 3d Cell, […]Read More »
  • 2015-16 PDP #5: The CAD/CAM Process

    2015-16 PDP #5: The CAD/CAM Process

    on Wednesday, 18 November 2015. THE 5TH INSTALLMENT OF AN ONGOING SERIES ON HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PLTW CIM CURICULUM The fifth PDP session for the 2015-16 school year was held last night. In this one, Chris talks about the CAD/CAM Process. No matter what you use for CAD software, or CAM software the process is the […]Read More »
  • 2016 PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year Chris Hurd

    2016 PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year Chris Hurd

    Original article in PLTW’s website can be found here. Chris Hurd, PLTW Engineering Master Teacher at Cazenovia High School in Cazenovia, New York, received the 2016 PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year award at PLTW Summit 2016. Hurd has been teaching PLTW Engineering since 1999 and has credits in Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Principles […]Read More »
  • 2016 Lynxmotion VEX Handshaking in CIM Class

    2016 Lynxmotion VEX Handshaking in CIM Class

    This year’s CIM class is doing amazingly well with handshaking and is well on their way to being successful making work cells, and possibly even a factory.    Read More »
  • PDP #10: PLTW Software & Lynxmotion Robots Intro

    PDP #10: PLTW Software & Lynxmotion Robots Intro

    on Tuesday, 12 April 2016. Posted in Chris’ Blog ALMOST FORGOT THE SOFTWARE! Oops! Almost forgot to talk about the software!  Thanks for the reminder Jim. In this hour long video (with very poor sound quality) We discuss PLTW software, how to download it, how to install it and a guide to where to get […]Read More »
  • PDP #9 Introduction to Robocell

    PDP #9 Introduction to Robocell

    JUST THE BASICS… The ninth PDP session for the 2015-16 school year was held last night. In this one,Jim discusses the basics of Robocell, including cell set up, teaching and recording points, writing the program, and simulating it. Tentative Meeting ScheduleRead More »
  • PDP #8 CNC Tooling & The Container Project

    PDP #8 CNC Tooling & The Container Project

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.Read More »
  • 2015-16 PDP #7: Designing the Container

    2015-16 PDP #7: Designing the Container

    WHAT ARE THE DESIGN PARAMETERS FOR THIS PROJECT? The seventh PDP session for the 2015-16 school year was held last night. In this one, Jim and I discuss the design parameters for the cnc container project in the PLTW CIM currriculum lesson 2.3. In this video we discuss swapping lessons 2 & 3 around in the […]Read More »
  • Top 5 STEM Related Gifts From Santa Claus for 2015

    Top 5 STEM Related Gifts From Santa Claus for 2015

    WHAT TECHIE TEENS IN MY PLTW CLASSES REALLY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS!Read More »
  • Building and Sustaining a PLTW Program and Promoting the Program to the Community

    Building and Sustaining a PLTW Program and Promoting the Program to the Community

    on Monday, 16 November 2015. PLTW NYS PRESENTATION Download the Presentation! Preview the Presentation! On November 18th, in Binghamton NY, PLTW NY will be holding it’s annual conference, and I have been asked to woerk with a few others to do a presentation on how to sustain a PLTW program, as well as promote it. […]Read More »
  • 2015-16 PDP #4: CIM Lessons 2.1, 2.2, and an Intro to 2.3

    2015-16 PDP #4: CIM Lessons 2.1, 2.2, and an Intro to 2.3

    on Wednesday, 04 November 2015. ONGOING SERIES ON HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PLTW CIM CURRICULUM The fourth PDP session for the 2015-16 school year was held last night. In this one, Jim takes us through lessons 2.1, 2.2, and gives an intro to 2.3 in the PLTW CIM curriculum. this includes a research project, the making of […]Read More »
  • 2015-16 PDP #3 Transfer System & Mass Property Analysis

    2015-16 PDP #3 Transfer System & Mass Property Analysis

    on Wednesday, 21 October 2015. CIM LESSONS 1.3, 2.1 & 2.2 The third PDP session for the 2015-16 school year was held last night, and many topics were covered from lessons 1.3, 2.1 & 2.2. This includes more about the transfer system project in 1.3, and Mass Property Analysis in Inventor as well as other […]Read More »
  • 2015-16 PDP #2: Intro to VEX and RobotC

    2015-16 PDP #2: Intro to VEX and RobotC

    on Tuesday, 06 October 2015. CIM LESSONS 1.1 & 1.2 The second PDP session for the 2015-16 school year was held last night, and many topics were covered from lessons 1.2 & 1.3. This includes a short intro to VEX and RobotC and an overview of the Transfer System Project.   Tentative Meeting ScheduleRead More »
  • 2015-2016 CIM PDP Starts with Introduction

    2015-2016 CIM PDP Starts with Introduction

    on Wednesday, 23 September 2015. MEETING SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED The first PDP session for the 2015-16 school year was held last night, and many topics were covered, from “what software do you need?” to “what hardware do you have?”. Meeting notes are available in an announcement on the LMS HERE. The video is posted on Youtube […]Read More »
  • Cazenovia PLTW Student Designs Product for International Robot Company

    Cazenovia PLTW Student Designs Product for International Robot Company

    on Tuesday, 28 July 2015. BRADY FLANNERY PARTNERS WITH ROBOTSHOP Brady Flannery, a student in Cazenovia High School’s PLTW program recently came up with an idea to make a project in his CIM class easier. His teacher, Chris Hurd thought it was a good idea, and asked him to pursue it to use in his classroom […]Read More »
  • Machining a Logo on a Container

    Machining a Logo on a Container

    MAKING IT REAL AT CIM CTI UK Teachers at CIM CTI @ UK have designed containers in CAD, brought them into CAM software, simulated them on a computer, then manufactured them on a CNC Milling machine.Read More »
  • 2015 CIM CTI Factory Smackdown!

    2015 CIM CTI Factory Smackdown!

    Awesome factories built by teachers at CIM CTI this year! What do you get when you put a bunch of teachers together, teach them about industrial robotics and automation, then give them VEX and Lynxmotion robots?  Factories of course!   See some of the spectacular projects teachers from around the country have come up with […]Read More »
  • SUPERBOTS: Lynxmotion Robot Arm Upgrades

    SUPERBOTS: Lynxmotion Robot Arm Upgrades

    This week the CIM students in my class took the time to rebuild our Lynxmotion Arms, some of which have been running since 2009, without an problems. The screws were starting to come loose, and some of the servos were a little twitchy, so we used some grant money to get some new upgrades from […]Read More »
  • RoboCell: Inputs and Outputs

    RoboCell: Inputs and Outputs

    on Tuesday, 31 March 2015. HOME MADE ASRS & A GRAVITY FEEDER Students in my CIM class built an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) using a bunch of switches, a gravity feeder, and an ER4-U robot. They programmed it to pick and place parts from the feeder into the ASRS, and be able to […]Read More »
  • Roles in Manufacturing

    Roles in Manufacturing

    on Saturday, 28 March 2015. WHAT’S NEXT FOR OUR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN MANUFACTURING? So now our students are ready to graduate with a taste for what manufacturing is all about. How many of your students are interested in manufacturing? How many even know what jobs are out there and what it takes to get them? […]Read More »
  • The Big Move

    The Big Move

    on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. MARQUARDT CELL MAKES IT TO THE CLASS ROOM… IN PIECES…. Students in the EDD class have spent the last 3 weeks planning, labelling, and dismantling the Cell donated by Marquardt. Today, March 23rd, 2015, all of the parts were brought up to room 231. Tags: Read More »
  • High Tech Manufacturing: The Apple Watch

    High Tech Manufacturing: The Apple Watch

    on Sunday, 15 March 2015. THE APPLE WATCH: HOW IT’S MADE This article was written by Greg Koenig, and reposted here with terms highlighted for high school manufacturing students. This is an excellent article that tries to fill in the blanks on how the Apple watch is manufactured. More about the Author can be found […]Read More »
  • Automated Switch Manufacturing Cell:

    Automated Switch Manufacturing Cell:

    on Wednesday, 25 February 2015. WHAT DOES IT DO? So you know about the cell that Marquardt Switches donated to Cazenovia High School, right?  There’s a little more info here. Scott Hansen, The engineer who designed and built the cell that manufactures power tool switches came to school to briefly explain how the cell operates. […]Read More »
  • Cazenovia’s Manufacturing Program Gets an Upgrade

    Cazenovia’s Manufacturing Program Gets an Upgrade

    on Tuesday, 03 February 2015. PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL COMPANY GETS AUTOMATION FOR THE CLASSROOM Marquardt Switches, in Cazenovia NY, donated an automated switch manufacturing cell to Caz HS Tech Labs, and it arrived on a truck today. Marquardt makes switches internationally for automakers such as Chrysler, Jeep, and BMW, as well as powertool switches for […]Read More »
  • How Does PLTW Meet The Common Core Standards?

    How Does PLTW Meet The Common Core Standards?

    on Wednesday, 07 January 2015. NEW TOOL TO HELP YOU DETERMINE HOW YOU ARE MEETING THESE STANDARDS IN YOUR PLTW CLASSROOM So your administrators and school officials are asking you: “How do you meet the Common Core standards for Math and ELA?” and you spend some time looking through the curriculum material on the LMS […]Read More »
  • CAD Practice

    CAD Practice

    on Wednesday, 07 January 2015. HOW TO MAKE THE AUTOMOBLOX WINDSHIELD Found a great video that shows, and explains the basics of how to build the automoblox windshield. Thanks to Mr. McCarroll from  Round Rock High School for providing this video from his youtube channel. Tags: Read More »
  • Jim’s Classroom In Indianapolis

    Jim’s Classroom In Indianapolis

  • Chris’ Classroom in Cazenovia NY

    Chris’ Classroom in Cazenovia NY

  • Amazing Amazon Automation

    Amazing Amazon Automation

    on Thursday, 11 December 2014. AMAZON’S ROBOTIC ARMY BOOSTS EFFICIENCY Amazon workers used to walk miles a day down aisles to put your order together in an Amazon warehouse (like the one I rode my bike by in Kentucky this summer…) Not any more though… an army of Kiva robots takes care of most of […]Read More »
  • Example CNC Machining

    Example CNC Machining

    on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. INDUSTRY HAS LOTS OF EXAMPLES Ever wonder how a “real” CNC machine works in manufacturing?  Here are some examples in video form that Jim passed on to me of CNC machines making some very intricate parts. These examples show how you can machine on multiple axis, how coolant is used, […]Read More »
  • PhoneAmp Prototype Done!

    PhoneAmp Prototype Done!

    on Saturday, 22 November 2014. STUDENTS BEGIN PRODUCTION THIS WEEK! Students researched, designed, and built a prototype for a class mass production project: an MP3/Phone Passive Amplifier. It works amazingly well, and looks great too! Obviously it is blue and gold to match Caz colors, and students tested it last class. It fits almost any […]Read More »
  • EDD Class & High Altitude Balloons

    EDD Class & High Altitude Balloons

    on Wednesday, 01 October 2014. PITTSFORD-MENDON & CAZENOVIA HS PROJECT IS A HUGE SUCCESS Links to all media pertaining to this project can be found at the bottom of this article! In the fall of 2013, three classes of high school students, over 100 miles apart,embarked on a project to go into space, get high […]Read More »
  • How Much Would It Cost If iPad Were Made in the US?

    How Much Would It Cost If iPad Were Made in the US?

    FROM THE ATLANTIC: SENIOR EDITOR DEREK THOMPSON The info below is just some food for thought about the costs of manufacturing. Yes the article is old, but still relevant! Apple has contracted to make its iPad 2s in China, where the typical worker makes a hardy $185 a week. What if, in a fever of […]Read More »
  • Congressman Proposes STEM Education Office

    Congressman Proposes STEM Education Office

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORTRead More »
  • Who Takes PLTW Courses & Why?

    Who Takes PLTW Courses & Why?

    WHAT FORMER STUDENTS REALLY THINK….Read More »
  • EdgeCAM STILL Won’t load an Inventor file?

    EdgeCAM STILL Won’t load an Inventor file?

    THREE CHEERS FOR RONNIE J!Read More »
  • Anne Burrell Comes To Town!

    Anne Burrell Comes To Town!

    WHAT DOES SHE HAVE TO DO WITH CIM?!? Well, to be honest, Anne Burrell has nothing to do with CIM, but she is tied to EDD! This could be just a another brush with greatness for me… or not. Read on!   What do you give you wife for Christmas? There isn’t much better than […]Read More »
  • SAT Fix on Student Computers

    SAT Fix on Student Computers

    IT WORKS! (MOST OF THE TIME…) All right…. came in to school early before an all day meeting beccause I just had to try the .sat fix from the previous post as a student. Good news or bad first?!? Our school has two “fake” student accounts for us to test programs with, ect. I do […]Read More »
  • EdgeCAM Won’t Load an Inventor File?!?

    EdgeCAM Won’t Load an Inventor File?!?

    TRY THIS! STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED! So, This is a new one! Happy New School Year from EdgeCAM! It seems many schools are having problems where EdgeCAM Version 2011.10.1 or newer will not load an Inventor 2011 file in some cases. In what cases? Who knows. But if you come across this issue please […]Read More »
  • Yo-Yo Project Now Available For Download

    Yo-Yo Project Now Available For Download

    GREAT WAY TO INEXPENSIVELY TEACH INTRO TO CNCRead More »
  • Cazenovia HS Chosen as 2010-11 PLTW Model School

    Cazenovia HS Chosen as 2010-11 PLTW Model School

    ONE OF SIXTEEN OUT OF 4300 SCHOOLS NATIONWIDERead More »
  • Yo-Yo Fixture Project Coming Soon!

    Yo-Yo Fixture Project Coming Soon!

    TEACH CNC BY MAKING YO-YO’S WITH YOUR STUDENTS!Read More »
  • Goodbye Dennis Ritchie

    Goodbye Dennis Ritchie

    FATHER OF UNIX AND C DIES AT 70Read More »
  • Gnarly Metal is here!

    Gnarly Metal is here!

    PREVIEW FROM PINKBIKE.COMRead More »
  • Deanne Bell Visits Cazenovia HS

    Deanne Bell Visits Cazenovia HS

      WHO IS DEANNE BELL?!? READ ON……Read More »
  • PLTW Moves To Indiana

    PLTW Moves To Indiana

    NYS: JUST SAY “NO” TO EDUCATIONRead More »
  • The Handshake Boards Are In!

    The Handshake Boards Are In!

    Boards came from PCBExpress today. Had a spare optical isolator, and some wire and resistors so I made one on the board. Soldered it according to the instructions on the board and this is what it looked like: INITIAL TESTING COMPLETE!Read More »
  • Vex-Lynx Handshake Module

    Vex-Lynx Handshake Module

    LOOK MA! NO BREAD BOARD!Read More »
  • FlowArm v2.09 is Here!

    FlowArm v2.09 is Here!

    FREE DOWNLOAD FROM LYNXMOTION.COMRead More »
  • George C. Devol, Inventor of Robot Arm, Dies at 99

    George C. Devol, Inventor of Robot Arm, Dies at 99

    OBIT FROM THE NY TIMESRead More »
  • Pneumatics @ Cedar Point

    Pneumatics @ Cedar Point

    HOW DO YOU STOP A ROLLER COASTER?Read More »
  • Good Bye To CalPoly

    Good Bye To CalPoly

    View from my hotel. I’m going to miss the people & the views!Read More »
  • Rapid Prototyping Overview

    Rapid Prototyping Overview

    ZCORP MAKES A WRENCH!Read More »
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

    Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

    GREAT SUMMER READ!Read More »
  • How We Make Stuff

    How We Make Stuff

    REQUIRED READING FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTSRead More »
  • Lean Manufacturing: Canadian Style

    Lean Manufacturing: Canadian Style

    VIDEO OF A “LIGHTS OUT” MANUFACTURING PROCESSRead More »
  • Special Thanks to Straitline Components

    Special Thanks to Straitline Components

    A SMALL MACHINE SHOP WITH BIG AUTOMATION.Read More »
  • A Day in the Life

    A Day in the Life

      STRAITLINE COMPONENTS MACHINE SHOPRead More »
  • West Coast Sunrise

    West Coast Sunrise

    OVER JUAN DE FUCA STRAITRead More »
  • Custom Work At It’s Finest!

    Custom Work At It’s Finest!

    CUSTOM BUILT ELECTRIC GUITARS: HANDCRAFTED.Read More »
  • Made it to Victoria!

    Made it to Victoria!

    LAND OF LOGS AND WHALES…Read More »
  • British Columbia, Here I Come!

    British Columbia, Here I Come!

    TO SHOOT EDUCATIONAL VIDEO ABOUT MANUFACTURING PROCESSESRead More »
  • Tic-Tac-Toe Bots

    Tic-Tac-Toe Bots

    ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A LYNX ROBOT?Read More »
  • The Crackernator

    The Crackernator

    THE WORLD’S FIRST CHEESE AND CRACKER CELL!Read More »
  • Workin’ at the Car Wash!

    Workin’ at the Car Wash!

    YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A CAR WASH LIKE THIS!Read More »

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