June 4, 2019 Melissa Lamar

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A two-day Smart Manufacturing Workshop, made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation, was held at Tunxis Community College on May 28 & 29. It was organized by Motlow State Community College (Tennessee), Tennessee Tech University, and the CT College of Technology and Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing. Twenty high school and community college educators participated.

Key activities included: presentations on smart manufacturing technologies, uses, and policies; presentations on the College of Technology and Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing; building and programming drones as an example of how to incorporate smart manufacturing into classroom curriculum; and tours of Trumpf, Inc. in Farmington and Arthur G. Russell Company in Bristol.

Karen Wosczyna Birch, Director of the CT College of Technology and Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, stated, “The two day workshop provided faculty and teachers with materials that teach students how to code drones using Adriano boards. These skills are in great demand and address a critical workforce need, how to code.”

From advanced manufacturing technology, business, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers more than 70 associate degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry needs. Located in Farmington, more than 6,000 students enroll in credit and continuing education programs at Tunxis each semester. For more information, visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu.


Drone-4: Jennifer Levesque – Science Teacher, Westfield High School (MA).

Drone-5 (left to right): Tolga Kaya – Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Sacred Heart University; K. Andrew Angle – Physics Teacher, Bloomfield High School; Jesse White – Principal on Assignment, Bloomfield High School.

Drone-6: Group photo of all attendees.

Drone-7 (left to right): Jakob Spjut – Associate Professor of Engineering Science, Quinebaug Valley Community College; Dr. James Lombella – President of Tunxis and Asnuntuck Community Colleges; Mehrdad Faezi – Professor (STEM), Manchester Community College.