DEARBORN, Mich., CALERA, Ala., -The power of people, the potential of technology, and the promise of innovation are driving SME Education Foundation to prepare the next generation of manufacturing engineers, and make a difference-beginning with children who are changing the world.
On Tuesday, June 19th, a group of 15 exceptional pre-engineering students from Calera High School, Calera, Ala. will, in fact, be “Children Changing the World,” traveling to the Clinic of the Angels in the Honduran Cloud Forest. Accompanied by their technology education instructor, Brian Copes and Adam D. Williams, Certified-Prosthetics, and owner of Next Step, Inc., the team will teach locals how to build two basic utility vehicles (BUV), and help Williams fit 15 local amputees with prosthetics (legs) he helped students learn to design and build.
The students will be traveling under the auspices of Skilled Knowledgeable Youth (SKY). SME Education Foundation is underwriting domestic transportation costs as part of its community-based approach to transforming manufacturing education.
"We are impressed with the accomplishments of this Calera High School pre-engineering team. These students are learning to function in a complex world. They will be able to see first-hand how their knowledge of critical technical skills is helping to shape their lives and allowing them to help others, says Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation. "They’ve learned how to innovate, lead and mentor and we’re pleased to support them."
The Calera High School students’ Honduran experience is the subject of a film, “Children Changing the World,” produced by James D. Chambliss, president,Magnolialand Entertainment, Fort Deposit, Ala., an Alabama-based film production company. “We plan to use the documentary to promote education throughout Alabama,” said Brian Copes, “as well as using it as a marketing tool for business development, to attract both businesses and manufacturers to the state.”
"Children Changing the World" takes middle and high school students into real world construction and mechanical skills. These Alabama students are bringing hope to Honduras, an impoverished part of the world, by creating vehicles that will improve their lifestyle at one of many villages the program has targeted. The initiative provides direction for innovative engineering projects where students can learn skills such as: teamwork, mechanics, engineering, design, Internet technology and research, CAD, and problem-solving.