Clark Students Compete in SkillsUSA National Championship

During the week of June 20-24, instructor David Black and two Clark students from the FIRST Robotics Team 696 and Computer-Aided Manufacturing class attended the SkillsUSA National Championship held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, marking the school’s entry into the SkillsUSA program. The students were invited to participate in the inaugural demonstration competition in Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) sponsored by Autodesk, Inc. SkillsUSA_2016_Clark_Students _lowres

In the contest, students completed a written exam on CNC machining topics and then were tasked with programing machine toolpaths and cutting strategies for six unique parts for which 3D models were provided. Using Autodesk’s new Fusion 360 software, the students were able to successfully program, simulate, and verify toolpaths following standard practices used in the manufacturing industry. The Clark students did exceptionally well in the contest which also featured students from community colleges across the country. The Clark students took 1st and 2nd place in the high school division bringing home an assortment of prizes from sponsoring vendors such as Mitee-Bite, 3D Connexion, Starret, and Zeiss. As Clark’s first participants in SkillsUSA, the two students will serve as ambassadors to others at the campus who will be entering SkillsUSA contests and seeking credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) during the 2016-17 school year.