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Greetings from Berlin, Germany!
I have now completed three weeks of training at the Siemens Technik Akademie (STA) here in Berlin, Germany. This week, I started Level 2 training and no longer am the sole American here. This new class is a mixture of electrical and mechanical engineers including five from the United States (two from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn., one from Motlow Community College in McMinnville, Tenn., one from Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nev., and me), two from South Eastern Regional College in Northern Ireland, two from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and two from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ont., Canada. The course content has shifted from active engagement teaching strategies to hands-on technical aspects of teaching mechatronics, and we spent several days this week learning how to teach Programmable Logic Circuit (PLC) programming and how to assess and optimize factory operations. Continue Reading