2017 Howard County STEM Festival

On June 4, 2017, ACE’s Jayesh Jariwala, Mike Schott, and Kristen Sheriff volunteered on behalf of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and the Automation Federation (AF) at the Howard County STEM Festival. The free event was open to kids of all ages and featured a mix of hands on activities, demonstrations, and informational sessions. The ISA / AF booth used ACE’s custom PLC-5 gaming system to demonstrate how control circuits are wired for lights, switches, and buttons; how the switches use binary math for game selection; how the programs are structured; and how mathematics plays a key role in computer game programming.

2017 C-STEM Challenge

On May 20, 2017, ACE’s Cedrick Crosby volunteered at the 2017 C-STEM Challenge in Houston, TX. The mission of C-STEM is, “to inspire the next generation of innovators and thought leaders by engaging them in exciting hands-on projects solving real world problems to encourage entry into the talent pipeline, bolster self-confidence, and foster a well-rounded mastery of the areas of communication, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” This mission comes alive at the C-STEM Challenge competition, which is 100% project-based and problem-based. Contestants competed in up to eight modules – debate, robotics, mural, sculpture, computer programming, film, photography, and innovation - focused on the 2016-2017 theme of “Powering Progress: Environmental Stewardship.” As a judge for the Computer Programming module, Cedrick considered and reviewed teams that created either a text based game using JavaScript and or an interactive story using Scratch and voted on the winner.

2017 ISA FPID Symposium

On May 16 – 17, 2017, ACE joined the International Society of Automation (ISA) at the 2017 ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) Symposium. This annual event is designed to highlight how automation can be used to address the impact of increased regulation, manufacturing costs, and security threats on the food & beverage and pharmaceutical & biotech industries. This year, ACE’s Dirk Sweigart presented an MES focused talk while Bill Dugary, Tom Friedman, Jason Santos, and Chris Spagna manned our exhibit. Our thanks go out to the ISA FPID for inviting ACE to participate in and sponsor this event.