Pathways: Engineering, Dental Hygiene Program, and Kids on Campus | Howard Community College (HCC)

Pathways: Engineering, Dental Hygiene Program, and Kids on Campus | Howard Community College (HCC)


Every day our lives are touched by engineering, from smart phones and alternative energy to medicine and technology. The field of engineering is at the core of
these great advances and will be the key to solving real world challenges. Welcome to Pathways, I’m Dr. Kate Hetherington. This show takes a closer look at how Howard
Community College is educating the next generation of engineers and training the future work
force. The engineering program at Howard Community College offers students the opportunity to
major in a wide variety of disciplines, such as electrical, mechanical and computer engineering.
Let’s join the acting dean of Science and Technology, Patti Turner and find out more. What is uniquely different about our program here is that the students have access to faculty that are engaged and enthusiastic and creative about their teaching. They have um small classes um they have the opportunity to become involved in a range of extracurricular activities such as becoming a member of The Society for Women Engineers, or the National Association of
Black Engineers. They do service learning projects so um for example, this semester the students are working with a local organization; volunteer organization called VLINC where the students actually meet with clients in the community that have certain physical challenges and come up with creative engineering designs to help them solve that particular problem. The engineering curriculum um allows students in originally any engineering pathway to get all the courses they need to transfer to a
four year college, university, with junior status. Whether it’s civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biological engineering.. Um so students have lots of opportunities
here and lots of choices. Here to tell us more about their experiences are two of our engineering alumni, Chris Gunther who transferred to UMBC, and Kyle Mcdaniel who transferred to the University of Maryland College Park. Welcome Chris and Kyle. Hi, thank you. Great to have you here today.. Chris I’m gonna start with you. I know engineering is a second career for
you, so what drew you not only to engineering but also what drew you to Howard Community College? I’ve always worked with my hands, working on old cars or fixing things around the house..
I kind of wanted to formalize that training and I grew up here in Columbia so um Howard Community College was very close, had a good reputation um and you know my wife and I since I was leaving the work force we had to work on one salary instead of two.. so
you know the economics worked as well. Mmhmm.. were you in an engineering related field before going into engineering here at
HCC? So I worked at uh another university doing um scheduling construction projects for for on-campus housing. And Kyle you came straight from high school, did you already know you wanted to study engineering, when you uh were thinking about coming to Howard Community College? Actually yeah uh I figured out I wanted to
do engineering when I was uh in a freshman in high school and I thought going to Howard Community College would be a good transition before going to a four year university. Both of you um are STEM scholars, our STEM learning community proved beneficial to your success. Can you tell me more? Chris how about
if you start. Um yeah the the the one credited STEM seminar classes were great to meet uh other students
in my major, taking the same courses.. um it helped me form study groups uh to to kind
of work through the hard material. And Kyle your experience at HCC connected you to an internship that led to co-authoring
a research paper, so how did that all happen? Well it was actually under the recommendation of my engineering professor here at HCC, he
uh got in touch with a professor at College Park who was looking for undergraduate interns
and um he recommended me and um I’m still working with him now.. at College Park and
uh it’s been working out really well. Wonderful.. so you’re, you’ve actually had your name on the paper right? I do. Yeah, well that’s impressive It’s very exciting. Wonderful thing to have on your resume too Absolutely Yeah And Chris as a returning uh adult um, returning
adult student I should say, I imagine using the services um at HCC helped you prepare
for transfer. Can you explain about that? I used the tutoring center for uh most of
the classes that I took here. I also uh participated in the Step Up uh mentoring program.. so I
had a great mentor for the last year. The faculty were really great in uh helping uh during office hours and outside of officer
hours.. to work through the content. And were you able to use the transfer center to know what you had to take here at uh HCC
to transfer to uh UMBC? The advisors at the transfer center they were great, um I used the art says [?] 5:13 a lot
to you know make sure everything lined up. The final question for both of you um what
are your future plans? Kyle how about if you start? Um well after obtaining my bachelors in Mechanical
Engineering uh I’d like to go to grad school.. but um i’d like to focus towards um learning
more about real energy systems um and try to work for either the government or just
the private company that designs more efficient renewable energy systems. Okay, wonderful.. Chris? Um well I graduate this May and I’m.. Congratulations [laughs] Thank you, thank you.. I’m looking at uh graduate
school at UMBC and job searching. Well Chris and Kyle, thank you so much for joining us today and we’re so proud that you’re
alumni of Howard Community College and soon to be graduates of UMBC, and University of
Maryland College Park. Congratulations to both of you Thank you Thank you To succeed as an engineer you much learn to work in teams, that’s why the HCC engineering
program encourages students to work collaboratively to design, build, and test their own projects
inside and outside of class. How do these projects develop? Through student and faculty ideas or event partnerships. A new partnership with the non-profit
VLINC came together at a bike clinic. VLINC was hosting a bike clinic um and so we went out as volunteers, um great opportunity.
We got to work with the students or children I guess really of all ages from 5 to 10 to
12.. and build bikes for them. There is a NSBE group at the professional level that exists in the Baltimore Washington
area and one of their um officers put us in touch with them because they sort of unofficially
mentor our HCC NSBE group, The National Society of Black Engineers. And so they connected them with VLINC for
a bike clinic, that was run on at Morgan State University, and then from that interaction
our students met with more of the VLINC volunteers who then asked if the students here were interested
in getting more involved with VLINC and some of their assistive device projects. VLINC makes custom assistive technology available
to individual with disabilities. Students are working on two projects, a device that
will help an autistic young woman get dressed and a device that will allow an artist with
a spinal cord injury to better use his easel. Let’s take a look at how work is progressing
on the easel. For artist Rob Floire having an easel he can adjust on his own is essential to his work.
I had a teacher, his name was Alex Chambers, he gave me my first mouth stick and a water color set, and I took it home and I was like drawing this bonsai tree I had in my room, and I drew it and it was exactly like the bonsai tree and I painted it in and when I
showed it to him, he was like wow you’re really good! So if I’m not feeling good and I can’t
like get out of bed for a while, I can paint there. Cause sometimes my neck hurts and I don’t’
get out of bed.. you know at all. So if they’re gonna be placing this uh uh in relation to his body on a bed it presents
a different kind of challenge like if he’s gonna be reclined, will this linear actuator
piece that sticks out at the bottom, you know be a safety concern.. and because it’s so
heavy if he’s in his wheel chair he can easily back away but if he’s in his bed it makes
it difficult to sort of get out of the way of something that might be falling down. Safety I think is one of the biggest concerns
for that project um and just making sure that whatever they build is compatible with his
easel that’s already been made and already comes with it’s own set of challenges perhaps
and and benefits.. to Rob. It’s fun meeting the students cause they’re like kind of like bright-eyed and they’re all like when they meet you at first they’re
like.. what is this what’s going on. You can see it on their faces and I I remember when I was.. I remember when I was in college..
I mean I’m only 33 but it’s just funny to see then and now like you know. Um most of them are pretty like the students
working on it now are very smart.. they all have a lot of .. good-good ideas and it’s
good to see that they work together on projects. with skills they can one day use on the job. And then just the idea that they get
to interface with this interdisciplinary team at VLINC and present designs and then be accountable
to not just VLINC but also the client.. and again these experience are very authentic.
When they go out and work on an engineering team they’re gonna have to speak to a boss
about their design and justify it and defend it and say that well we looked at all these
different possibilities, so we’re not just picking something out of the air, we wait
and measured benefits, disadvantages and and I think they get all of that through this
project. They get exposure to professionals, volunteers, clients and then have to actually
produce our product after a set amount of time. We look forward to seeing the final solution. Up next we’ll take a look at other projects inside the HCC engineering lab. Learning at home. Learning in the classroom. Learning for success. For learning that works for you choose Howard Community College. To find courses and programs that fit your
schedule and learning style, visit HCC learning works dot com. You can get there from here. Let’s join the Chair of Engineering and
Technology, Mark Edelen on a tour of the engineering lab. Hello, my name is mark Edelen, I’m the chair of Engineering and Technology, and in this
play case behind me you can see some of the projects that students have worked on. 3D printing technology has actually really
changed the way that we teach engineering here at HCC. Students working on these open-ended projects
can conceive a part or design and actually generate that part in the same day. In the
past that process could have taken multiple days or even weeks. So let’s move into the lab and see what students
and faculty are working on today. We’re here in the engineering lab where students have uh several engineering classes, they
also use this as a computer lab and a study hall, a place to work on projects. Let’s catch up with associate professor, Scott
Foester.. Hi Scott. Hi. Scott can you describe the Introduction to Engineering course and how it’s unique um
from how other colleges offer that course? We try to um every semester build on the previous teams work, so the goals replicate the previous
teams failures and successes and then push the project forward. That’s called an open-ended project. So we’ve got projects going on right now in
this room that are very old and projects that are very new. Our engineering students work on a variety
of projects, starting in the introduction to engineering course. Let’s check in with
this group working on a project now. I think it’s called blood cooler? Yeah we’re working on the blood cooler project
for the semester um it’s been an on again off again project for HCC, for about three
years now. Um basically what we’re doing is uh using the principles of thermo dynamics
and uh the science of heat transfer amongst mammals
to find a more efficient way to cool the body down. Thanks Will. We’re here with another group of freshman
engineering students. This projects involves designing a unique robotic manipulator arm.
Can you describe uh what this project is about? The uh idea of the bionic tripod manipulator and it focuses on a bi.. a robotic arm that
picks up a certain object and places it in another position. Can you describe some of the.. some of the
hardware and how this fits into the project. Uh this object right here is the endofector,
it is the hand of the bionic tripod manipulator. Essentially it picks up the object and drops
it in the specific position. And the.. the PLA wires move the hand to the specific position, pick up the object and
move it to the position.. um the motors are what control the wires.. the PLA wires. They
are the movement of the bionic tripod manipulator The handle.. this was the original handle that was used for this specific uh project
but the wait was too much for the motors to control. So instead we used this handle that
was orchestrated on inventor and replace this handle. Thanks Kevin. Can you describe uh has this
project changed your perception of engineering at all? It made us realize as beginner engineers of
different ways.. different solutions. Thank you Kevin. Shivam, can you describe specifically what role you have played on
this project? My task was to build uh a design of the hand that moves around and trying to reach one
side to another side.. and first thing was I tried to come up with a different wires
and the best wire was I was able to use it, the PLA wire that I found in engineering room.
And uh first I used uh a gear assembly and made a hole in trying to use those to kind
of hold my hands and it didn’t work so I had to use a lego part and it seems to be working
so far right now. Thank you. Let’s move into the workshop area to find out what the students are working
on in there. We’re here in the engineering workshop when with a group of students working on a project.
This project is called Spy TV. Ryan can you talk to me for a second? Yes sir. The TV frame right here, that will be locating people as they walk past and the TV will start
moving towards them, following them as they walk past it. Can you show me kind of what that would look
like here? Sure. I got the actuator right here that will be able to push the TV towards the person,
as they move past it it will move towards the person.. and as they start walking it
will start to follow as the actuator pushes downwards. Okay thanks Ryan. On, can you tell us how
this projects fits into the new Engineering, Science and Technology building that’s under
construction on campus? So when the new building is constructed um we’re gonna have it implemented in kind of
a presentation.. so where I devised a couple of different places for it to be placed. Either
at this vestibule over here, people are gonna enter, people are gonna see a SPY TV coming
towards them.. it’ll be a marvel. Or we could put it in the engineering big build room um
but we want what we want over here or the goal is to have it into a Rube Goldberg type
of thing. Thanks On. Yup. Let’s talk to Chandler, the last member of this group.. uh Chandler, can you describe
uh what role you’ve played on this project so far? I’ve been working with the IR sensors uh this
is to detect the people. So when they walk past the sensor the actuator will move the
TV. Can you kind of show us how this works, the sensor? Whenever a object moves in front of it, I’ve
rigged it so it will light up two little LED’s.. uh these LED’s we.. we’ll replace with the
actuators in the full project. Okay, thanks a lot. Good work guys. So as you can see HCC engineering students are working on a variety of interesting projects.
We try to focus on these open-ended projects to give students authentic experiences of
engineering from their first semester here. While the engineering lab at HCC offers students hands-on experience, it’s a far cry
from what the future holds. Construction is underway on a brand-new Science, Engineering,
and Technology Building. I was joined by trustees, elected officials, faculty, staff and students
at the ground breaking last fall. This four story facility will educate the next generation of biologists, engineers,
and cyber technicians. They will help meet the County and the states workforce demands. On every floor you will
find spaces that invite students to connect and collaborate, to study and to make new
discoveries. The Fab Lab will provide students access to new design and fabrication technologies. A
cyber lab will train students who will protect us on line. An undergraduate research lab
and a drop zone will allow students to test physics and science experiments. On the top
level you’ll even find a greenhouse and a rooftop observatory. The students are so excited about the new
building that they built a scale model during National Engineering week. Project Supervisor,
HCC Civil Engineering student, Olivia Persing, led the student project team. The hard part we have found so far is that
this really weird corners.. and so it’s kind of hard to be able to do that because kinects
are very like the same exact corners for every piece.. and then also it’s just.. since it’s
so big we don’t know if we’re gonna have enough pieces. [laughs] It’s cool to like have a bunch of kids come
together and work on something and since we didn’t have it all like perfectly planned
out it’s really cool to you know be able to problem solve on the spot and say- oh you
know this isn’t working, lets figure something new out.. I really enjoy that part. The new science, engineering and technology
building will open by summer 2017. Up next, hands-on science and engineering doesn’t just
happen with college students. We’ll talk about our Kids on Campus program that brings science,
engineering, arts and the humanities to life each summer. Learning at home. Learning in the classroom.
Learning for success. For learning that works for you choose Howard
Community College. To find courses and programs that fit your schedule and learning style, visit HCC learning
works dot com. You can get there from here. If engineering isn’t a match for you, consider another hands-on career, dental hygiene.
New to Howard Community College in 2014 dental hygiene is a fast-growing profession within
the health care field. The path to becoming a Dental Hygienist is a rigorous one. Through classroom instruction
and hands on experience the program is designed to prepare students for the licensure exam. Here at HCC we are different from other community
colleges because we’re a very small program, we accept 16 students. There’s a lot of in-individualized
one on one attention. The students in the simulation lab constantly have a instructor
right over there shoulder and our ratios are very small. The teachers are very hands-on, they do everything
they possibly can to make sure that you are successful in the program um it’s great.. Students in the classroom receive an excellent education. A lot of didactic information as far as lecture,
the students learn, the uh reason and the rationale behind a certain theory and then
we go ahead and move on into a lab setting or clinical setting.. and that’s where they
take what they’ve learned didactically and apply it to real life situations. It’s been tough just um making an adaptation
to uh getting all the work done um but it’s what I love to do, and I realized in this
program, even more, that it’s what I wanted to do. It’s a very diverse group.. and um I
feel like our instructors make it a lot of fun. They’re very motivating and caring. By starting out in a simulation lab, students
are prepared to handle real-life situations. We have a simulation unit so they start out small, they work on the simulation mannequins
and then once they show competency from that then they move onto a student partnership,
work with a student partner.. show competency in that area and then move on to life patient
volunteers from the community and that’s really later on 3rd/4th semester.. and they really
use those dental hygiene skills.. learn early on and apply all their knowledge Currently they are seeing their friends and
family, they also were seeing faculty, staff and students here at HCC. Starting in the
Fall we will be opening our doors to all the community members. These offices will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The volunteer patients have been impressed. All of my patient volunteers tell me how great they are. They just love coming here and seeing
how you know nice everything is and a lot of them never have had a digital x-ray done.
So they really felt that was neat, being able to see them on the computer screen.. so it’s been pretty awesome. We help them to master their skills as a dental hygienist. We do a lot of focus on professionalism.
We expect our students to follow a strict professional uh code of conduct. To find out more about the program, visit
the college’s website. If your child loves hands-on learning, but isn’t yet ready for
a career, Howard Community College has the answer with its Kids on Campus. More than
a summer camp, Kids on Campus offers enrichment classes that let kids explore, learn and have
fun all summer long. Here to tell me more about the program is Sara Baum, Coordinator of Lifelong Learning,
and Connie Stern, a parent. Thanks for being here today. Sure. Uh Sara we’ll begin with you, how has Kids on Campus evolved since starting 29 years
ago? Well we started with four classes, about 40 kids.. we’re at 259 classes and about 16-1800
kids over the summer.. so it’s uh grown rapidly. That’s impressive growth. Thanks. What Elementary, Middle and High school STEM
courses will be offered this Summer? Probably the most popular one in both the Elementary and Middle school area is Mind
Craft. Mind Craft is.. it’s technology, it’s fantasy it’s um hands on application when
you.. and we’ve already filled the classes we had originally and added more. For uh other
Elementary courses we have uh Elementary Engineering, we have gadgets and gizmos, we have a new
course called Radio and Resistors about building circuit boards.. um we have Engineering Design.
We do a they create a Rube Goldberg um game. Certainly an impressive array of classes and
uh you make them sound fun! and I’m sure they will be for the kids. That’s what we always hope. Right, now Connie how does Kids on Campus
meet your expectations of an academic summer camp experience? When we first started um looking for camps
we were not looking for an academic camp, but we were looking for an alternative to
a sports camp.. um we came across some of the materials from Kids on Campus and were
really intrigued by the variety of courses that were offered.. and um the enrichment
that could.. that could take place. And my daughter just really got into the wide variety of um experiences that she could have
over the Summer. Now um the Kids on Campus is a day’s camp it’s not an over night camp. What practices
do you have in place to help parents who may be working, but still want their kids to have
a summer camp experience? We really try to be um mindful and accommodating, we have before care.. which is prior to the
camp starting. We have after care um which lengthens the day and uh and gives parents
the ability to come later after work.. and then we bridge the two with uh a lunch.. a
supervised lunch. So they could be here as early as 7:30 all the way to 6:30. Oh so that’s a full day.. a full day.
and great for not only the kids to have the experience but also for working parents. Yes. Just perfect.. great, good! Connie um you.. your daughter had such a great
experience here but what initially drew you to the Kids on Campus, you were saying you
wanted something other then a.. uh athletic camp experience for your daughter? We wanted her to have fun in the Summer, um
and she does like an indoor setting, with air conditioning [laughs] that was always
helpful. Um but she she found so many different courses that she wanted to take and as both
of my.. my husband and I both work full time and so they the um options that Sara mentioned
were really perfect for us because we could do either before care or after care, both
if we needed to and having the lunch end between. Um it was really perfect and the options of
being able to choose the weeks that you wanna come was helpful. We would often wait for the schedule of Kids
on Campus courses to come out before we picked our vacation weeks.. so that she could pick
the classes that she wanted to be involved with. So um everything from cake decorating which
is still one of her favorite hobbies through um fitness classes and science classes and
business beginnings.. she has enjoyed every one of them and has made friends along the
way in every class. Well we’re glad that she’ll be working with the program this Summer uh she’s probably
uh our poster child right? Yeah. I think so she’s a legend! She is a legend yes, well thank you both for being here today and for telling the experience,
and Sara thank you for all the good work that you do for Kids on Campus and all the childrens
lives you have affected over the years .. Thank you. Thank you. For more information on Kids on Campus, call 443-518-4110 or visit the website. That wraps up this edition of Pathways, thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time.

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