The History and Future of Manufacturing

The History and Future of Manufacturing

What better way to learn about history… with an old video about even older technology and innovators in manufacturing. Start with the first video about the history of manufacturing, then watch the second video that talks about “Rethinking” manufacturing, and think about where we fit in.

Step 1- Made in America: Watch the video

Step 2- Think about it

Copy & paste the answers below into a format acceptable for your instructor, and hand them in electronically.

  1. What was Andrew Carnegie doing before fortune found him? Where are two places that he worked afterward?
  2. What did Carnegie have to do with the fact Pittsburgh is called the City of Steel? Please explain.
  3. What were Samuel Colt and Eli Whitney famous for?
  4. List three interesting facts about Samuel Colt, and the link where you got the info.
  5. List three interesting facts about Eli Whitney, and the link where you got the info.
  6. What made Henry Leland most famous?
  7. Who was famous for time and motion studies? Explain also what a “time & motion study” was and what industry were they used in?
  8. Who was the father of the industrial robot and what company was he the founder of?
  9. Is the company that he founded still around today? Give the link where you found your answer.
  10. What did GM find was the cost to run an industrial robot? What was the cost of the worker that it replaced at the same time?
  11. Going Beyond: Do robots and automation in today’s manufacturing actually “steal” jobs away from people? Justify your answer.

Step 3- Rethinking Manufacturing: Watch the video

Step 4- Think about it

Copy & paste the answers below into a format acceptable for your instructor, and hand them in electronically.

  1. What is the setting (place) of this video? Find three interesting facts about this city and provide the link where you found the information.
  2. What did Nick’s grandson (Zach) go to college for? What did he end up doing for two years?
  3. Why did everyone go to school to become an engineer in this video?
  4. Opinion: Is going to college more important than being a welder? Please explain.
  5. Where did Ashley get an internship?
  6. What will revolutionize the way we make almost everything according to where she did her internship?
  7. What attributes does Zach exhibit that will make him successful? (Hint: 6:30 in the video)
  8. Going Beyond: After watching both videos, explain what you think “Rethinking Manufacturing” means.
  9. Going Beyond: Dr. Martin Cala inspired a lot of people… Who inspires you? Why?
  10. Going Beyond: There are things in Zach and Ashley’s lives that defined them at a very young age… is there anything that is going on in your life right now that may help define you? Don’t answer, just think about it…

Step 5- Teacher Notes

Be sure to research beforehand, and be able to discuss the following key talking points:

  1. Who were the movers & the shakers in manufacturing in the 1700-1900’s?
  2. Did these movers and shakers go to college? What was their background?
  3. Do robots really take away American jobs?
  4. Are engineering jobs more important than skilled labor jobs?… your answer better be no… we have a major shortage on our hands of skilled labor in America right now!
  5. Who inspires you, and how did that define what you did for a career choice?

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