2015 Student Activities

RET Days

December 2-3, 2015

Learn about careers in robotics, engineering,and the technology that makes it happen! 2015 Robotics Engineering Technology 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 download our 2015 Flyer


2015 Photo Album


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“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 Scouts

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.


Oakland Schools Technical Campus 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

Automoitve Design and Engineering Career Expo

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

College 4 Kids

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.

For additional information on Junior Career Camps and the C4K program, please contact thea href="mailto:C4K@macomb.edu">C4K program coordinator at 586.498.4100.


North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 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.