The students in Mr. Kszastowski's Computer Integrated Manufacturing class partnered with O.Z. Enterprises to solve real world problems using Human Centered Design Techniques, as well as more traditional problem solving methods.
O.Z. Enterprises is a Pittsburgh-based company that delivers energy management solutions for schools, hospitals, and commercial and industrial buildings.
Upper St. Clair High School STEAM Innovation and Consulting students also participated in this activity. Students from both schools met three times since January with representatives from the O.Z. Enterprises management team to pitch and refine their ideas, before their final presentation to six O.Z. Enterprises employees at Waynesburg University's Southpointe campus.
The CIM class students were tasked with three problems that O. Z. Enterprises wanted to be addressed. The problems were:
- Building a kit that O.Z. Enterprises could use at trade shows to demonstrate their products and services. Students Chris Toth and Nick Guimond did a great job designing a professional looking display and travel case that could also be used for training purposes.
- Developing an inventory system for O.Z. Enterprises that would help to track surplus materials that could be used for subsequent jobs. Students Cullen Stewart and Ian Materkowski recommended a computerized management system and mobile app that O.Z. Enterprises management called "a great solution from a service standpoint."
- Developing a mechanism that makes it clear to anyone passing by their sensors that O.Z. Enterprises has done the installation work. Students Anmar Alsaad, Dan Sounik and justin Fish recommended professional looking, clear backed stickers be placed on the sensors, displaying the O.Z. Enterprises logo and contact number.
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to see some photos from the presentations.