Need Some Distance Learning Ideas for COVID-19?

Now that more kids are attending an online high school, they will have more spare time in their hands. Here’s a short list of some of the things that you could do in CIM class with your kiddos while trying out distance learning. All will require a computer (That’s what the C in “CIM” stands for!) and some will require software downloaded… but feel free to change them around to fit your needs!

Research Project: Assign students to build a brochure, via google docs to make a brochure on a manufacturing process. Have them find a link to an interesting video on a process, watch it, and then add it to their brochure. Go HERE for the activity with a downloadable template. Go HERE for some exemplars.

Here’s an example of one of the brochures made with the template

Robotics Programming: Just got off the phone with Intellitek, and they said to go HERE to download the PLTW version of the software, and you have the free trial version. Even better is that if you give your students the key from your school district, they can unlock the full version at home. This is legit, and Intelitek said I could share this method via phone support. It will only work with this version! Wait! It gets better! Go HERE to get video tutorials for a lot of the Robocell projects!

Fusion Basics: Students can do some 3D modeling using fusion if they sign up in the autodesk student community. All of my students already have an account, then they log into their 360 account and use Fusion 360 in their browser! Kinda slow, so if you can download it, even better! The post HERE has downloadable worksheets and electronic hand ins for you and the students and a full set of videos to accompany them.

Advanced 3D modeling: Use your favorite software (Inventor/Fusion 360 was used for this activity) to complete these advanced models. The post HERE has downloadable worksheets and electronic hand ins for you and the students so that you can evaluate them from afar.

This would be another activity that you might be able to use as a distance learning project during the COVID-19 outbreak as well.

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MANUFACTURING PROCESS RESEARCH PROJECT: Brochure

Question:

Having students write a paper or do a ppt project for manufacturing processes is boring! Do you have a better idea?


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Solution:

Sure do! How about a manufacturing process brochure? This way students have to do a bit of research, (1 to 2 days) on given material, then post them for other students to see.  I post mine in a hand outs folder on the network.Also included in the activity is a list of topics to choose from.

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The brochure is a Publisher template, or a Word template that you give them; after all, this is not about using publisher or software is it?!? Just be sure that students replace all the pictures and text in the template with their own. You’ld be surprised at the number of students who don’t!

 

On the second page of the handout is a rubric to use for scoring, and step three of the project is my favorite! Kids write a multiple choice quiz question, upon which they are evaluated, and then I take all of the electronically submitted questions, put it into a quiz; after editing of course, and then allow the kids to take the quiz “open brochure” style. This means they can look through all the students brochures to get the answers. This way they learn a little bit about ALL the processes, not just theirs!

This would be another activity that you might be able to use as a distance learning project during the COVID-19 outbreak as well.

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Student Research Exemplars

Question:

There are a couple of research assignments that I would like my students to do. Do you have any exemplars of what you have used in class?

Answer:

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1.1 History of CIM Powerpoint Examples

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2.2 CIM Processes Brochure Examples

 

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We sure do! Note that the exemplars that can be downloaded are older ones, and not all are necessarily considered the best of the best… That way your kids may not want to steal them from here! Included also are examples for History of CIM and Types of Processes.

We change it up, and some years we do on-line presentations, sometimes powerpoints, and sometimes brochures. Templates are included in the downloads! Below is an example of a brochure done by a former student.

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