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Five Fast Facts with FIRST Team 7593 - The TigerBots

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Local, Education, Manufacturing Day, Manufacturing, Community
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Bishop-Wisecarver Group is sponsoring four high school groups in the 2017 FIRST competitions. Today, we catch up with three 9th grade members of the TigerBots: Jade Costello, Co-Leader of Build Team, Caitlin Wallace, Build Team Member and Vineela Vandanapu, Programming Team Member. We asked them to give a one word response to each of the terms below followed by a short explanation. Take a few moments to read about the hard work and lessons learned by these incredible students!

Manufacturing Day Emphasizes Regional Strength and Industry Opportunities

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Local, Industry, Education, Robotics, Manufacturing Day, Manufacturing, Community
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Our final in a blog series about Manufacturing Day 2016 features a Q&A with Mark Orcutt, Communications and Outreach Manager of the East Bay Leadership Council (EBLC), who participated in one of the Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) tours. Mark emphasizes that “more than one third of all jobs in the California Bay Area are with businesses who either make or move goods” – and that means manufacturing.

That also means a large number of employment opportunities! Hosting Manufacturing Day is one way BWG works with groups like EBLC to help educate the community on the great career options available locally.

Employee Spotlight: Mary Petrie, Associate Product Manager

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Local, Industry, Women in Manufacturing, Education, Community
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In today’s mobile society, young professionals often move away from home to attend college and then take jobs anywhere around the world. But Bishop-Wisecarver Group’s newest hire is a true local who is glad to work in her hometown - the same community this company has been supporting for more than 65 years. Today we interview Mary Petrie who has just started her second month as the company’s first Associate Product Manager.

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.

Busted: Debunking the Myths of Manufacturing

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Local, Education, Robotics, Manufacturing Day, Internship, Manufacturing, Community
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This year, BWG actually had two Manufacturing Days as there were so many people wanting to attend the tours. We hosted groups on October 7 and October 29 and visitors included high school students from the East Bay and Silicon Valley, national and local manufacturing group officers, elected officials and community members. Sessions included a plant tour, 3D printer demonstration and a panel discussion which included a Q&A with employees.

Job Interview Success

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Reflection, Local, Education, Internship, Manufacturing, Community
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Remember your first job interview? Did that memory just make you cringe and groan? Did you know how to answer the questions, look professional and think quickly all while not showing sweat? The Pittsburg, California Chamber of Commerce and Pittsburg High School understand the challenges of first interviews and want students to look back on this time as a key to their success. One that includes smiles - not groans.

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 5430 – Pirate Robolution Crew, Team Lead Katelyn Dayco

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Local, Education, Robotics, Internship, Community
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“We work together and are placed in roles where we each discover new skills of leadership and group collaboration…”

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.
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