Nevada STEM Events Raise the Education Bar

Northwest Career Tech Academy solar car 1

Nevada’s  Science, Technology,  Engineering, and Math (STEM) events this month brought out the best in students at exciting competitions.

Solar Car 1

The 5th annual Solar Car Challenge was held at Northwest Career and Technical Academy.  Mechanical Technology students raced the solar cars they designed and built.

Bombard Sponsor of Solar Car Challenge

Making the connection between students skills and industry requirements was Bombard Renewable Energy, Deidre Radford, Residential Solar Project Manager.

Robot at Solar Car Challenge

Also taking what’s learned in the classroom to real world issues were the police robots showcasing their “special” skills.  Great coordination from David Philippi, Community Partnership Coordinator, Northwest Tech Career Center to put the event all together for students and the community.

April is the month for Nevada SKILLS.   SKILLS competitions take the best from technology schools across the state and place them in one location to compete in Technical Drawing, Precision Machining, Nursing, Web Design, Culinary, and a host of other events.  Around the US and the world, SKILLS events are taking place,

Technical Drafting -  Nevada skills usa

Nevada SKILLS technical drafting is one of the most quite and intense.  Students work individually to develop parts, assemblies, bill of materials, and drawings in timed period.

Carpentry was a team event to build a shed.

Construction Nevada Skills 3

I was happy to see the number of women participating in Masonry

Masondry Nevada skills usa


providing skills and job opportunities.

Construction Nevada Skills 2

Thank you to Bob Diaz College of Southern Nevada and Mike Puckett SolidWorks for being judges at the event.

Bob Diaz College of Southern Nevada Mike Pucket at NV Skills

Thank you,  Richard  Williams (Corporal Willy) for the photos, the story, supporting so many STEM events in Nevada and sharing with the SolidWorks Community,  Marie.

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard