Sarauer enjoyed working in the Fab Lab with the tool technicians as they were willing and optimistic to help. “It was a great place to make prototypes on the fly. I’d love to do it again someday. I’m looking forward to seeing my team get into real industry. They will do great at whatever they choose to do,” he said.
Madi Klaja, a second-year packaging major from Atlanta, Ga., is a Fab Lab tool technician and helped teams operate any equipment necessary to create their prototypes. Matthew Miller, an industrial and product design junior from Cameron, assisted teams with 3D rendering and SolidWorks computer-aided design and engineering software.
They believe that helping the Make48 teams and collaborating with industry professionals will help them in their future internships or careers.
“The competition gave me an opportunity to talk about my technical skills and demonstrate my networking capabilities as well,” Klaja said.
“I was able to utilize skills I learned in class, network and apply it to helping high school students make their products,” Miller added.
The UW-Stout competition was Make48’s first Career Pathways Event. UW-Stout’s involvement was a “testament to the university’s dedication to fostering innovation, applied ‘hands-on learning’ and collaboration to address real-world problems” said Seth Hudson, executive director of UW-Stout Corporate Relations and Economic Engagement.
UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, supports career-focused applied learning and research through real-world experiences and offers engagement opportunities with its business and industry partners. Graduates have a 99.4% employment rate within six months of graduation.