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Building Partnerships: Students do design work for Precision Plus

 

IMAGE: DDHS Students on a tour at Precision Plus in Elkhorn

Mark Beilman, right, gives a tour to DDHS technology education students along with teachers Mike Fellin and Kris Slawson.

Need another reason to visit the Precision Plus Open House on Manufacturing Day, Saturday, Oct. 7 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)?

How about the fact that the business has developed a close partnership with Delavan-Darien High School, it’s Fab Lab and Technology Education programs?

One of the outcomes of the partnership — besides Precision Plus providing invaluable guidance in the continued development of our Fab Lab and Tech Ed programs — is a “Magnet Project” started by former teacher Mike Fellin and Mark Beilman, Precision Plus Director of Education and Training.

The Magnet Project consisted of DDHS students researching how to fabricate and attach sturdy machine identification numbers to the company’s CNC machines.

In groups, the students came up with six different ideas and, with the assistance of the high school’s Business Education department, they developed a marketing and production strategy.

Beilman was then invited to Delavan-Darien High School to watch the students presentations and offer feedback.

The two best groups were invited to Precision Plus to give a formal presentation before Beilman, Production Supervisor Tom Lankford and Miyano Supervisor Sam Kirkland. Precision Plus selected a wining design team and “contracted” with the high school for the students to make all the ID tags for the company’s CNC machines.

“It was wonderful to have the students in our facility asking our professionals questions about how they got to where they are now in their careers and what a typical day looks like,” Beilman said.

“The idea of businesses and students working together to solve real life problems like this gives students relevance in what they are learning in the classroom.  The coordination of the DDHS tech ed department and the business department was terrific. The experience was so positive for all those involved, we would do it again for sure!”

We’re sure our technical education and business education students are up for just about any task thrown their way. It says so on the sign affixed to the front of the school — Delavan-Darien High School: Learning for the Real World! 

HAVE AN IDEA?

If you’ve got an idea to connect DDHS students with a chance to study and come up with real-world solutions, give us a call. Talk to Director of Careers and Occupations Cindy Yager: 262-233-6610 or cyager@ddschools.org, or Coordinator of School/Community Relations Mike Heine at 262-233-6762 or mheine@ddschools.org.

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