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    Auto STEAM Days

    December 5-6, 2017

    Mark your calendars.  The highly successful Auto STEAM Days will return in December 2017.

    Bring your students for a day of hands-on, interactive learning about opportunities and careers in the Automotive Design and Engineering, and Manufacturing and Design sectors.


    BEV27 Logo

    BEV27 Student Project


    The BEV27 is a ground up battery electric vehicle (BEV) build project based on a 1927 Roadster Kit, being built by a cross-functional team of students with faculty and industry advisors at Macomb Community College (MCC). The project is now 2/5 complete and is still looking for students to help finish the final design details, integration, assembly, and on-the-road development still to come.

    The CAAT provides support for this project by providing funding for the purchase of components and also provides project management support. To learn more, download the BEV27 poster displayed at the 2014 Detroit Autorama or contact Nelson Kelly at 586-447-8619.


    Previous Events

    STEM Career Exploration Lab

    June 28, 2017
    July 19, 2017


    STEM Career Exploration Labs (CEL) for middle school students and their parents. Students and parents designed, tested, and built three projects: a Hovercraft, a Catapult, and a Safety Helmet, while learning about Engineering careers.  This was a FREE 4-hour class sponsored by the CAAT.

    Classes were limited to 20 students and 20 parents.  See our brochure for more information.

    For information about our CEL program, please contact:
    Saleta Mcmurray, STEM Outreach Coordinator
    mcmurrays36@macomb.edu or 586-445-7127


    Hybrid Electric Vehicle Summer Academy

    June 19-22, 2017

    HEV Career Academy

    The academy provided a hands-on learning experience for students interested in cars and electronics. The interactive workshop explained the principles of battery/electric and other alternative vehicles.

    Topics included reasons to use electric vehicles, EV safety, battery technologies, and motor types. 

    Each student built a battery, a DC motor kit, and a fuel cell vehicle.

    See our brochure for more information.


    University Bound Program

    May 15-16, 2017

    UB Group 2017

    University Bound is a summer program co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College, and the National Science Foundation. The program is targeted at community college students considering transferring to Wayne State University or other baccalaureate granting institutions and is an opportunity for students to get acquainted with campus life, gain greater insight into their desired majors, and learn about the cultural and recreational opportunities available at Wayne State University. 

    Students attended two days of workshops geared at improving their college experience and supporting their goal of graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Linking the two days of workshops was an overnight stay in one of Wayne State’s dormitories.

    The workshops are designed to:

    • Increase academic skills  
    • Experience campus life at an urban research university  
    • Expand confidence, affirm positive attitudes, and enhance interpersonal skills  

    For more information, see our flyer.


    Automotive Open House
    & 2016 Fall Valve Cover Racing Nationals

    featuring Christophersen Racing

    November 10, 2016

    AutoOpenHouse_SusieQChristophersen Racing's Susie Q
    - a nostalgia blown alcohol funny car

    The Macomb Community College Automotive Staff offered an informative and fun-filled event to showcase our automotive program, and answer questions about program offerings and schedules.

    Featuring Christophersen Racing, and

    The 2016 Fall Valve Cover Racing Nationals Competition.

    Valve Cover Racing was open to all comers with the rules provided by Macomb's Automotive and Technical Education Office, 586-445-7012.

    Download our flyer!


    Auto STEAM Days

    October 19-20, 2016


    The CAAT and Macomb Community College (MCC) hosted the first Auto STEAM Day event for middle and high school students on October 19-20, 2016.  This event combined the CAAT's highly successful Automotive Design and Engineering Career Expo with Macomb's Robotics, Engineering, and Technology (RET) Days event.  Students learned about careers in automotive design, robotics, manufacturing, and the technology that makes it happen. 

    Auto STEAM Days featured two sectors:

    • Automotive Design and Engineering sector with exhibits by General Motors on clay/digital modeling, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on sketching, and Ford Motor Company on production design, and Magna on automated and connected vehicles!  There will also be a car show that let's students sit behind the wheel and talk to real automobile designers and engineers.
    • Manufacturing and Technology sector offered an exhibit on vehicle electrification and drivetrains by American Axle & Manufacturing, on virtual welding by Macomb Community College, on coding/traffic light programming by Siemens, and an exhibit by Bosch on augmented reality and crash detection.       

    See the news coverage at  TV Warren News | Macomb Daily

    Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology

    October 20, 2016, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

    Students were encouraged to bring their parents, family, and others to "Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology" on Thursday, October 20 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. This related event provided attendees the opportunity to receive more in-depth information on automotive and technology careers from recent graduates and local employers. Attendance was free.

    Attendees were able to:

    • Learn about job skills that are in high demand
    • Meet recent grads who found good-paying career employment
    • Meet local businesses and learn who employers are hiring
    • Discover the career pathway that's right for you
    • Explore apprenticeship, internships, and work-based learning

    “Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, contributors and supporting agencies for participating in Auto STEAM Days 2016”

    AutoSTEAM sponsors 2016


    Hybrid Electric Vehicle Summer Career Academy

    June 27-30, 2016

    classroom hybrid

    This interactive workshop explained the principles of battery/electric and other alternative vehicles.  Topics included reasons to use electric vehicles, EV safety, battery technologies, and motor types.  Each student built a battery, a DC motor kit, and a fuel cell vehicle.

    Summer Career Academies are specifically designed for high school students. Students must be at least 14 years of age and have reliable transportation, to attend this FREE* program.

    *Funding from the college’s National Science Foundation-funded Center for Advanced Automotive Technology allows students to attend the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Career Academy at no charge.

    See our Brochure more information.


    STEM Adventure Day

    CAAT Partners with the Boy Scouts to Offer STEM Adventure Day at Macomb Community College

    February 20, 2016

    CAAT's STEM Outreach Program partnered with the Boy Scouts of America Great Lakes Field Service Council to offer STEM Adventure Day.  On February 20, 2016, 107 Scouts attended "STEM Adventure Day" at Macomb Community College's South Campus.  The all-day event brought together Scout counselors and Macomb Community College volunteer instructors to provide Webelos, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts with hands-on experience toward achieving their NOVA Award .  The NOVA Award stimulates interest in STEM fields and shows how science, technology, engineering, and math apply to everyday living and the world around them.

    Boy Scout STEM Adventure Day
    Sessions Included:

    Cub Scouts/Webelos
    Build your own Catapult
    How Science effects everyday life
    Science research and Adventure review / Hovercrafts

    Boy Scouts
    Designing and building a working model vehicle
    Merit Badge review and Energy sources and uses
    Review of research and how Technology affects your everyday life / Rubber band cars

    Photo Gallery


    RET Days

    December 2-3, 2015

    Learn about careers in robotics, engineering,and the technology that makes it happen! 2015 RET Days
    Here is just a sample of the great exhibits offered:

    • Check out the latest trends in automotive technology
    • Talk with leading experts in the fields of engineering and robotics as you participate in hands-on activities
    • Interact with Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles
    • Experience 3D printing and automotive clay modeling
    • Examine renewable energy technologies like biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, and a student-designed solar trike 
    • Discover electric vehicles and participate in an EV race

    Event is geared toward grades 6–12

    Macomb Community College
    South Campus
    Sports & Expo Center, P Building
    14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

    For more information visit www.macomb.edu/RET or downlaod our 2015 Flyer


    Detroit News
    Macomb Daily (photos)
    C&G News
    2015 Photo Album


    Video Montage of the Event
    C&G News
    2014 Photo Album


    Macomb Daily
    CBS Detroit
    2013 Photo Album

    “Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, contributors and supporting agencies for participating in RET DAYS 2015”

    2014 RET Days Sponsors


    Girl Scout - Parent Career Exploration Lab

    August 12, 2015

    Girl Scout Logo

    CAAT's first Career Exploration Lab (CEL) was held on August 12th at Macomb Community College's south campus. The purpose of CEL’s is to demonstrate to young girls (5th-9th grade) the exciting opportunities available in engineering, with the hope that it will spark their interest in pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career. For the parents, the CEL’s main goal is to have them leave the CEL and continue to speak to their student about pursuing an engineering career, before they enter high school and make an alternative career choice.

    If you, or someone you know, is involved in the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts and would like to attend a Career Exploration Lab, contact the CAAT at 586-445-7126 to schedule a lab. A maximum of 20 students and 20 parents can register for each lab. Days and times for the labs are flexible.

    The Career Exploration Labs are sponsored by Macomb Community College, the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, and the National Science Foundation. Download the flyer for this free event.


    OSTC Kids

    Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Summer Exploratory Camp

    July 7-10, 2015

    The CAAT joined forces with the Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OSTC)  and offered a Summer Exploratory Camp focused on HEVs and electric vehicles (EVs). The HEV summer camp targeted 9th-11th grade students. The camp was taught by Macomb Community College automotive technology faculty and provided a great hands-on learning experience for students who attended! This HEV summer camp explained the principles of battery/electric and other alternative fuel vehicles and discussed reasons to use EVs, EV safety, battery technologies, and motor types. Each student built a battery, DC motor kit, and fuel cell vehicle.



    High School Hybrid Electric Vehicles Academy

    June 22-25, 2015

    Students and Instructor with HEV

    The academy was a perfect hands-on learning experience for students interested in cars and electronics! This interactive workshop explained the principles of battery/electric and other alternative vehicles. Other topics included reasons to use electric vehicles (EVs), EV safety, battery technologies, and motor types. Each student  built a battery, DC motor kit, and fuel cell vehicle. This year's course was FREE for all participants thanks to funding from the CAAT.


    Automotive Design and Engineering Career Expo

    May 20-21, 2015


    Macomb Community College (MCC) hosted the Automotive Design and Engineering Career Expo for hundreds of local middle and high school students at MCC's South Campus Expo Center in Warren, MI. Students were able to interact with leading designers, engineers, and state of the art technology.

    The event was formerly known as the Utica Community Schools (UCS) Career and Technical Education Automotive Showcase: Where Innovation Meets Design, and began back in 2006. The UCS event evolved over the years and grew to over 700 students. Due to its ongoing success, the event has expanded in order to open it up to additional middle and high schools in the area. This year, the event celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

    This event was co-sponsored by three Detroit area automotive manufacturers:

    • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US presented a module on sketching.
    • Ford Motor Company conducted a module on production design.
    • General Motors offered a module on clay/digital modeling.
    • A fourth module featured an exciting car show (presented jointly by the three participating OEMs) that allowed students to sit behind the wheel and talk to real automobile designers and engineers!

    Students rotated through each of the four modules during their time at the expo

    Special Session for Parents
    A special evening session was held on May 21 for parents to attend with their students.


    College for Kids (C4K)

    March - April, 2015


    The CAAT sponsored four summer Junior Career Camps for K-12 students through Macomb Community College's College for Kids (C4K) program, which provides educational opportunities and a college campus connection for students ages 3-17. Through fun activities utilizing basic engineering principles, students learn and succeed through personal achievement. These experiences introduce kids to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through compelling, hands-on activities. Several of the courses use LEGOs® to help students understand STEM concepts. A new course employed the use of GoldieBlox, a construction toy and book series that encourages girls to explore STEM subjects by tapping into their preference for knowing the story behind a concept versus building for the sake of building. The GoldieBlox series stars Goldie, a girl inventor who loves to build.

    The CAAT sponsored the following STEM-focused learning opportunities:

    • Goldie Blox Engineering (ages 4-10 and 11-14)
      Discover Goldie Blox as you learn to build a spinning machine, parade float, and dunk tank. Develop spatial skills, engineering principles, and confidence in problem solving through a variety of design ideas and unlimited building possibilities. Goldie Blox’s goal is to get students building by tapping into their strong verbal skills with stories and construction sets. Each student will take home all three sets of Goldie Blox upon course completion for more engineering fun at home!
    • LEGO Robotics®: EV3 Next Generation
      The next generation of LEGO® Mindstorms robots enables students to build, program, and test solutions based on real-life robotics technology! EV3 uses a more powerful intelligent brick, increased memory, and other upgraded functions. Robots are for classroom use only.
    • Marvelous Motorized Mechanisms (ages 10-14)
      In this class, students will investigate the principles of simple machines, mechanisms, and structures. This knowledge is reinforced through experimenting with balanced/unbalanced forces and friction and measuring distance, time, speed, and weight. The will also discover just how much fun engineering can be with LEGO®!
    • We-Do Wonders of Science & Technology (ages 7-9)
      Discover LEGO® We-Do through fun, hands-on activities while students learn to work with simple machines, gears, pulleys, levers, motion, and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focused projects. LEGO® kits are for classroom use only.

    See the C4K brochure. Partial scholarships were available. For additional information on Junior Career Camps and the C4K program, please contact the C4K program coordinator at 586.498.4100.


    North American International Auto (NAIAS) Show Education Day and Inforum Events

    January 21, 2015

    Macomb Community College and the CAAT participated in the 2015 NAIAS Education Day, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. We offered an electric vehicle development technology workshop to participating students; a workshop we’ve offered at past NAIAS education days. The annual NAIAS Education Day event has given educators from around the Midwest an opportunity to enhance their lesson plans with the help of leading automotive executives. Through this annual event, tens of thousands of students have gained insight into the latest technology, engineering, automotive design, and environmental concerns. These students have also been able to meet with industry specialists and representatives from various colleges to learn about career paths in automotive fields. The event was open to school groups of all ages, including college level.

    In addition to Education Day, three female students (Lama Kadoura, Valerie Bradley, and Sheryl Jones) from the CAAT's Electric Vehicle Development Certificate program attended the 13th Annual Inforum NAIAS Breakfast , featuring Werner Struth, member of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH. In addition to the EV students, several other Macomb Community College students were also invited to attend. The event was sponsored by Inforum, a professional women's alliance. Immediately following the breakfast, these lucky students participated in Inforum’s AutomotiveNEXT industry group's AutomotiveNEXT 1:1 , an event that brings together female students, young professionals, and top executives to explore a range of careers in the automotive industry.