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STEM, Robots, Pirates and Tigers: Another Awesome Manufacturing Day

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Local, Engineering, Robotics, Manufacturing Day, Internship, Manufacturing, Community
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With a corporate-wide emphasis on supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education efforts, Bishop-Wisecarver Group is active in numerous student-based events both locally and nationally. This past month, we had the unique opportunity of combining some of these efforts and groups in the same place! Discussions of STEM, robots, pirates and tigers were mentioned throughout the day and it wasn’t because Halloween was coming. When BWG opened its doors for the national Manufacturing Day event this year, we welcomed two groups of FIRST robotics teams to our plant. BWG has sponsored both of these teams in their incredible work with the FIRST program and now had the opportunity to enhance their learning in the world of manufacturing.

Making Dreams and Inventions a Reality at Maker Faire Bay Area

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Reflection, Local, Industry, Engineering, Robotics, Community
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More than 150,000 people, from babies to seniors, recently attended the 11th annual Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo and Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) joined as an exhibitor for the first time. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Q&A with FRC Team 692 – The Fembots, Team Captain Allison Oliveros

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Local, Industry, Women in Manufacturing, Engineering, Robotics, Community
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“The FIRST program provides teenagers who are 1-4 years away from adulthood with a highly interactive and influential program that could pave the way to potential and stable career options.”

Interview with Science Fair Most Creative Award Winner, Sophia Li, 16

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Local, Industry, Education, Engineering, Robotics, Community
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This is our third, and final, interview with one of the Most Creative Award winners from the recent Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair (CCCSEF). As part of Bishop-Wisecarver’s ongoing support of STEM education, we recently helped sponsor the Most Creative Award category given to both age levels in the competition.

Interview with Science Fair Most Creative Award Winner, Anish Singhani, 13

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Local, Industry, Education, Engineering, Community
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This is our second interview with one of the Most Creative Award winners from the recent Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair (CCCSEF). As part of Bishop-Wisecarver’s ongoing support of STEM education, we recently helped sponsor the Most Creative Award category given to both age levels in the competition.

Interview with Science Fair Most Creative Award Winner, Thomas Chow, 15

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Local, Industry, Education, Engineering, Community
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If your visions of science fair projects include paper mache volcanoes with some colored liquid dribbling out the top, it is time to get a 21st century view. As part of Bishop-Wisecarver’s ongoing support of STEM education, we recently helped sponsor the Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair (CCCSEF). More than 200 students showcased 145 projects at the 11th annual event held at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif. BWG was a business sponsor for the Most Creative Award category given to both age levels in the competition.

East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (EBAMP)

By Kelly Walden, Manufacturing Director in Reflection, Local, Industry, Engineering, Manufacturing, Automation, Linear Motion
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When I mention that I work in the manufacturing industry, many people are genuinely surprised. They don’t realize manufacturing is still an incredibly large and growing – yes, growing – industry that is desperately trying to find enough workers to fill current and projected openings and the wages and benefits are usually higher than average.

Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP)

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Local, Industry, Education, Engineering, Robotics, Internship, Manufacturing, Community
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“What are your plans after graduation?” It’s a question heard often this time of year as high school students are finishing tests, signing yearbooks and making plans for the next chapter in their lives. Do they choose college, tech school, career or travel? Do they have enough information to help make such choices?

Q&A with FTC Team – The TigerBots

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Local, Education, Engineering, Robotics, Internship, Manufacturing, Community
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Bishop-Wisecarver Group is a proud sponsor of the FIRST® robotics program and, in addition to providing in-kind donations totaling between $150-250K, we also sponsor four regional student teams. In today’s blog, we feature The TigerBots, FTC Team 7593, of Notre Dame High School located in Belmont, California.

Sites and Sounds from Manufacturing Day 2015

By Pamela Kan in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Local, Industry, Women in Manufacturing, Education, Engineering, Robotics, Manufacturing Day, Internship
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“This place looks totally different than I expected.”
“I didn’t realize there were so many different types of jobs.”
“That could be my starting salary? No way!”
“There are how many job openings?”
“This is fun. I could do this job.”

These questions and comments could be heard throughout our manufacturing site earlier this month as Bishop-Wisecarver again participated in the national Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) event.
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