Thursday, October 18, 2018

Manufacturing Week and Boeing Engineers

Manufacturing Week and Boeing Engineers 

October 5th was Manufacturing Day which is a national day that celebrates and informs students of American manufacturing and its importance. Spark! Engineer participated in Manufacturing Day by touring three different manufacturing facilities around the St. Louis Region. I want to thank Seyer Industries, Cambridge Engineering and Western Wire Products Company. They all opened their doors to our students and show how technologically advanced modern manufacturing has become. As a prerequisite to the Cambridge Engineering visit we learned about lean manufacturing before visiting. Students were then able to see the lean manufacturing process in action. Below are a few resources if you would like to learn more about the companies we visited. 

Manufacturing Day: 

Seyer Industries: 

Cambridge Engineering: 

Western Wire Products: 

2 Second Lean: 

We also had a great networking event for students after school on October 10th. Twenty six of Boeing's Engineering Career Foundational Program employees visited our Spark! facility on October 10th from 3:30 - 5pm. These were younger engineers who discussed how students can prepare for and succeed in college when pursuing and engineering career. Students asked a lot of great questions during our panel session and during the networking time students were able to speak one on one with many young engineers. This was such a successful event and such a unique opportunity for our students I cannot thank the Boeing Company enough for this experience.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

SPARK! Engineering: Let's Get Started

First of all thank you for visiting the Parkway Spark! Engineering blog. I would like to introduce myself and briefly explain Spark! Engineering.

For the past five years I have been teaching technology and engineering at the middle school level in both the Lincoln County R-III School District and  the Parkway School District. In that time I have advocated for including real project based learning in the middle school tech ed classes and the Project Lead the Way curriculum. With that being said my students have been involved in robotics teams, engineering competitions, and community outreach all at the middle school level.

It is exciting for me to bring this mindset to our Parkway junior and senior Spark! Engineering students. Students will be fully immersed in a long term engineering design and development project which is certified through the Project Lead the Way national engineering curriculum. As a class we will reach out and network with local engineering companies. Additionally we will focus on career exploration as we tour and visit various engineering and manufacturing firms across our metro St. Louis area. Students will also be able to act on any job shadowing or career opportunities they find on their own through the Spark! Engineering program.

Brandon Franck
Spark! Engineering Program Director
Project Lead the Way Engineering Design & Development
Parkway Afternoon Summer Camp Liaison