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Five Fast Facts with FIRST Team 1967 – The Janksters

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Education, Robotics
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Bishop-Wisecarver Group is sponsoring four high school groups in the 2017 FIRST Robotics competitions. Today, we catch up with Paulina Robles, 12th grade, Mechanical Committee Head of the Janksters team. We asked Paulina 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 this all female team!

Five Fast Facts with FIRST Team 5430 - Pirate Robolution

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Education, Robotics, Community
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Bishop-Wisecarver Group is sponsoring four high school groups in the 2017 FIRST competitions. Today, we catch up with Julio Garcia, 12th grade, CEO of the Pirate Robolution team. We asked Julio 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!

Clear Away Those Vines

By Pamela Kan in Reflection
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I must admit I LOVE games. I mean I REALLY love to play games. Through years of various tests and strategic coaching, it is clear my unique ability is seeing patterns that clarify the big picture. I then gather and arrange information in a way to solve problems and spur action. Thus, my addiction to Candy Crush and now, Cascade – games all about patterning – should come as no surprise.

We are celebrating National Inventor’s Day by honoring our own Bud Wisecarver!

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Reflection, Manufacturing, Community
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With more than 66 years of innovations spanning linear motion to bread trays to midget racing cars, Bud has solved a wide range of problems and made things work better for us all. With a mind that is always in motion, Bud acquired multiple patents, ran a successful company for decades and is still pursuing new ideas and solutions.

Chocolate Unicorns & Employees Raise Money for St. Jude’s

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Reflection, Manufacturing, Community
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Beware! There have been reports of “Chocolate Unicorns” roaming the halls of Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG). The sightings were confirmed on December 12 when more than 75% of the company’s employees gathered to play games as a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With seven teams competing in a range of minute long events, the competition was fierce as the players wanted to raise and donate money to help the children at the hospital.

National Mentoring Month Lasts All Year at Bishop-Wisecarver

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Women in Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Community
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January is National Mentoring Month – a great way to promote the benefits and needs of mentoring in our country. If you have read through even a few of the Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) blog posts, it is easy to see we place a company-wide focus on mentoring, especially in STEAM-related activities for students. It’s a commitment of time, money and effort embraced by the leadership and employees to help students learn about STEAM-related opportunities, feel encouraged to pursue careers in these areas, and help build confidence that they already have connections willing to support their efforts.

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.

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.
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