Teaching Kids How to Mill for National Engineers Week
Every year to start off National Engineers Week (February 22-28), TAC Rockford / Transatlantic Connection volunteers to teach prospective young engineers the ins-and-outs of milling machines, how our force gauges work, additive (and subtractive) manufacturing, even soldering and software development as part of the engineering field, and especially their futures in a multitude of engineering careers.
People of every age visited our booth at the Discovery Center on Saturday, February 21, 2015 to see our mini desktop CNC mill sketch our logo onto a piece of wood. A common question we got was, "is this a 3D printer?" In a way, it is -- but it is "subtracting" from a chunk of material instead of adding material like a 3D printer does layer-by-layer.
We always enjoy teaching both children and adults what we do and how things work in a fun way. We also support the education and training of future engineers and kick-starting the idea of "I want to be an engineer when I grow up!"