By Frank Stanko
“I think it’s cool that we get to see all this stuff,” said Andrew Hovde, a senior at Wahpeton High School, about Manufacturing Day. “It helps when you’re in your senior year, figuring out what you want to do in college.”
Hovde, who’s considering a career in welding, was one of nearly 150 Richland County students attending the third annual Manufacturing Day, held Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Wahpeton. Five area businesses and education facilities — North Dakota State College of Science, ComDel Innovation, FlexTM, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative and Bobcat — participated in the event.
“We’re expanding our knowledge base by letting these kids in,” said Tana Erbes, a NDSCS project outreach specialist. “They may not have had this experience before.”
For the 2016 Manufacturing Day, the number of students attending from Wahpeton High School was reduced from the junior and senior classes to just the senior class. Along with that, seniors from Hankinson, Fairmount High School, Richland 44 High School and Wyndmere, Lidgerwood High School attended for the first time this year.
“It’s nice to open some eyes from different schools. They were excited to be a part of it, happy to be included,” Erbes said.
Among the demonstrations and exhibits the students viewed was a can-crusher created by NDSCS’ robotics, automation and mechatronics technology students. Instructor Lonnie Wurst showed students how the crusher reads the label of a Mountain Dew can, weighs it to determine if full or empty and crushes the can before placing it in a bin designated for Mountain Dew cans.
“Manufacturing Day is a great tool to let these individuals learn about manufacturing, how it’s educated and how it’s used out in the industry,” said Joel Johnson, a welding technology program coordinator.
Along with attending, each participating student was eligible for prizes ranging from a City of Wahpeton mug filled with goodies to a grand prize da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3D printer. The printer was provided by Minn-Dak. As of press time, its winner had not yet been revealed.
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