Future manufacturers are getting an early look into a widening field of opportunities by learning how to code at CCAT as a part of Connecticut. Dream It. Do It’s Young Manufacturers Academy.
The Young Manufacturers Academy (YMA) is an innovative, customizable program for grade 6-8 students that develops awareness of and interest in modern manufacturing careers. Students engage in realistic manufacturing workplace scenarios that develop leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, customer service, technology, design, and other skills needed for success in the 21st century global economy.
Students from Kaynor Tech in Waterbury, CT visited CCAT on July 13 where they participated in Computer Numerical Control activities and learned basic coding skills. Students were introduced to numerical coding and machining as they manually developed and optimized computer code to produce specific engravings. They then viewed simulations showing how a virtual CNC milling machine interprets that code.
The group also toured CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center, where they saw live demonstrations from CCAT staff on machines such as our DMG MORI LASERTEC 3D hybrid machine, structured light scanners, and the Markforged 3D printer.