Education Success Stories

The first-ever Campo de ShopBot
Sarah Burns' diary of her trip to Guatemala

August, 2012. The first-ever South American Campo de ShopBot was held in Guatemala. ShopBot's Chris Burns and his 15-year-old daughter Sarah were on hand to lead seminars and teach ShopBot skills to the young residents of a local orphanage. Sarah Burns' diary of her trip begins, "In Central and South America, a girl’s 15th birthday is the biggest day of her life. It marks her coming into womanhood. For me, it was also a coming of age as a ShopBotter. What a treat to be able to spend my Quinceanera at the first ever Campo de ShopBot in Guatemala City. Although I have been around these crazy robots since my birth (my dad, Chris Burns, has built them since the earliest cable drive days), it was really not until this year that I took ownership of projects and have really enjoyed teaching others. The girls at the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage also gained a level of maturity in their woodworking skills, and it was a joy to work alongside them. Read the full story here.

Students around a ShopBot

Erie high school students learning
to use digital fabrication equipment.

Students Learn Digital Fabrication with ShopBot, at Bayfront Maritime Center

May 28, 2011 The new ShopBot CNC digital fabrication equipment is up and running with Erie, PA, high school students in the Bayfront Maritime Center Boatshop, a community-based educational center. These kids are learning valuable 21st century workplace skills. First they design a project using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program. This data is then converted into a Computer Numeric Control (CNC) toolpath to run the digital fabrication machine. Read the full story here.



Lincoln Park High School students win Minwax Community Craftsman awards

May 12, 2011  Congratulations to Brett Dickinson's students from Brownsville, Texas, on winning runners-up Community Craftsman awards for outstanding community service, sponsored by Minwax. Using a ShopBot to cut precision wood parts, the students constructed a variety of therapeutic wood furniture pieces for the Moody Clinic, which serves disabled children and their families. The students built adjustable chairs and tables and balance boards and built a therapeutic wood gym in the clinic.

ShopBots - old and new - allow Clark County
students to apply  knowledge from other
subjects to their woodworking projects

In the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV, ShopBot CNCs help teachers link woodworking to computer technologies and design, and provide a new (digital) way of producing project parts.

American Woodworker (April/May 2010) A visit with Las Vegas area high school woodworking teachers.

I recently had the opportunity to tour a few Las Vegas, Nevada area high school woodshops to talked shop with the teachers and some of the students.

Having taught wood shop myself in the past, it was obvious that some good things have not changed. The teachers are still committed to their students and programs. Their ability to keep 20-30 students safely working in a room full of woodworking machines is nothing short of amazing. It comes from their ability to know what’s happening across shop simply by listening to the machines; confirming with a quick glance whether the student needs immediate assistance or is simply having a learning experience.

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Lincoln Park High School, Brownsville, Texas

On Feb. 2-3, 2007, Brett Dickinson and his students from Lincoln Park High School in Brownsville, Texas participated in the SkillsUSA District 13 Leadership and Skills Competition at Texas State Technical College in Harlington, Texas.  With the help of its ShopBot CNC router, Lincoln Park qualified five students for the state competition and brought back a total of 10 project ribbons.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel.  SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

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