| September 30, 2013

Triton College hosts free robotics workshop for youth

River Grove, Ill. – Robots will take over Triton College on Oct. 4, when the college’s Engineering Technology Department acknowledges Manufacturing Day™. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., youth participants will enjoy engaging, hands-on activities in relation to one of the college’s newest program offerings, Mechatronics, also known as robotics.

Those who attend the free workshop will have the opportunity to meet “Tweety,” the department’s robot, as they build their own take-home projects in Triton’s laboratory.

The free workshop will be held in Triton’s Industrial Careers Building (T Building). Registration is required by visiting Space is limited.

Mechatronics is a growing and fascinating sector of advanced manufacturing. It is a coined term combining “mechanics” and “electronics” and is a part of many everyday items, including computer hard drives, washing machines, coffee makers and medical devices. The term is used to describe electronics that control mechanical systems, such as an electronically programmed car key that when a button is pressed, a signal will automatically open a door.

Triton College currently offers a degree and certificate in Mechatronics made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program to expand Harper College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Program. The four-year grant answers the need to train workers for a career in this highly technical field that is currently experiencing a 600,000 employee shortage nationwide.###


Educational institutions and businesses and plants across the nation are opening their doors to Manufacturing Day™ on Oct. 4. “Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG Day™ is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY™ empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.”


Triton College is one of the nation’s premier two-year institutions of higher education dedicated to student success. Located 14 miles from downtown Chicago, in River Grove, the school offers close to 100 degree and certificate programs at its 100-acre campus that features a comfortable, friendly and diverse atmosphere. More than 15,000 students enroll at Triton each year to take advantage of Triton’s small, accessible classes, qualified faculty, affordability and financial assistance. Triton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; member, North Central Association.



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