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#63961 - 03/28/06 08:06 AM career day  
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I have to do career day at the local Junior High. Any suggestions for demonstrations


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#63962 - 03/28/06 11:27 AM Re: career day  
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Visit the faculty lounge. Wait for someone to infer that tradesmen are tose not good enough to go to college.
Visit the math classes. Wait for a teacher to say "you'll never need this after the test."

Then humiliate the dickens out of these idiots- preferable in full view of the entire student body!


#63963 - 03/28/06 02:10 PM Re: career day  
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My daughter's father in law is a retired college professor. He says the main objective of college is to insure the future employment of college professors.
Kids go there for 4 or 5 years, spend way up into 6 figures of their parents money and leave with virtually no marketable job skill.
They only get preferential treatment in hiring by managers who fell for the same scam and perpetuate the same fraud.
The navy taught me about 4 years worth of electrical engineering in 18 weeks. I didn't get much art appreciation or modern european literature but we did get some PE credits [Linked Image]


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#63964 - 03/28/06 06:28 PM Re: career day  
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Bring in some samples. A small piece of 500kCMIL conductor, a receptacle, a switch, a safety switch, a medium voltage fuse, stuff like that is cool to pass around.

To the other previous posters, I hope the students in my physics classes that I teach as an adjunct professor, disagree with your statements. I realize you are generalizing, but overall, I think your statements are incorrect.


Ron

#63965 - 03/29/06 10:07 AM Re: career day  
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Bring in some sticks of 1" EMT and a bender and see if anyone can do a complete 90.

Bring in some of your cool tools that arent so "run of the mill" and any electrical devices that have blown up for display. Take in your code book, and refrence books (i.e. Ugly's, Soares, pocket ref) and show that there is a bunch of math involved too. Have a few calc the wire fill on a few different "pulls". Show a wiggy and rub it quickly on your arm hair to show that you are indeed "live".

You'll be a big hit (and they'll be talking about you for the next week) if you give lots of stuff to touch, and throw in a healthy dash of competition. Give away a wire nut to everyone that attends... It may be small, but they love it and you'll see a million new uses for a nut.

Above all, have fun!!!

[This message has been edited by Mike Wescoatt (edited 03-29-2006).]


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