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Get Real: The Blog for Hands-On Education

Join Aidex as we explore new educational technologies, share the experiences of educators and students, get our hands dirty, and reveal how and why we do what we do. Come along for the ride!

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  • Aidex Joins the Nationwide Sales Force of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council.

    We’ve all seen the headlines: thousands and thousands of jobs in advanced manufacturing are going unfilled because employers can’t find qualified workers. We’ve also seen the headlines about proactive companies investing billions in re-educating workers to better align skills with coming 21st jobs. Now Aidex is in the headlines for being part of the solution […]

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    Read More Posted May 4, 2018

  • FANUC’s New National Robotics Certifications Are Good as Gold for Students

    As Aidex’s technical sales rep for Illinois, I put a lot of miles on my car. I think I’ve visited almost every high school and community college in the state. You know the question I hear most? “Industry is requesting that my students get hands-on experience in robotics; can you help me with that?” This […]

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    Read More Posted April 23, 2018

  • LJ Create’s New Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Trainer Puts Students in Driver’s Seat

    If you’ve had your car services at a dealership lately, you may have experienced a little sticker shock; labor charges today cost upwards of $125 an hour. Rates for luxury brands are even higher. The reason for the sky-high rates? Today’s vehicles are not your granddaddy’s Chevy easily repaired with a wrench and good sense. […]

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    Read More Posted March 18, 2018

  • School Fundraising Opportunity: Laser Engraved Bricks

    It seems like our schools can always use more money for athletic teams, the band, equipment for the tech lab, and other things like class trips. Instead of selling giftwrap, fruit or candy, if your fab lab or tech lab has a laser engraver, consider sponsoring a laser-engraved brick campaign. Brick fundraising projects are a […]

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    Read More Posted March 10, 2018

  • Considering Desktop Metal’s Studio System? Here’s One More Reason to Say Yes.

    When last we wrote about Desktop Metal, Popular Science had just recognized the company’s Production System as being among 2017’s Best of What’s New in the engineering category. We at Aidex were impressed by the news and also proud to be representing Desktop Metal in the educational technology marketplace in six Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, […]

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    Read More Posted March 6, 2018

  • Getting Started with Rapid Prototyping: Roland’s SRM-20 3D Milling Machine

    Teaching the principals of design and engineering can be dry content, but with the introduction of 3D milling machines and the ability to rapidly prototype one’s designs, even students with minimal interest in the subject matter become hooked. Being a maker definitely turns students into active learners. It’s no surprise that a growing number of […]

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    Read More Posted February 11, 2018

  • Aidex Adds “Thoroughbred” to Stable of Educational Technology, AP Lazer

    Each year, Aidex adds one, maybe two, new manufacturers to our stable of educational technology suppliers. Last year, it was Roland DGA and Desktop Metal, whose technology I consider best in class in large format printing and 3D metal printing respectively. Roland printer/cutters, along with their subtractive manufacturing products, have been a runaway hit and […]

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    Read More Posted January 18, 2018

  • My Take: National ACTE Convention–Nashville

    This was my 26th year attending the national conference that used to be known as the AVA (American Vocational Association) as a representative of Aidex. Now known as the ACTE (Association of College and Technical Education), I have seen many changes through the years, from what is being taught in today’s educational space to how […]

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    Read More Posted December 18, 2017

  • 10 Reasons Why Aidex Loves Simulation Technology for Education

    Maybe we’re showing our age, but back in the day – make that way back in the day – the only tools teachers had to teach with were books, blackboards and typewriters. Only the science, shop, and home economics classes had true hands-on learning. (And gym class if you count dodge balls as hands-on learning.) […]

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    Read More Posted November 27, 2017

  • Popular Science Names Desktop Metal’s Metal 3D Printer Among Year’s Top Innovations in Engineering

    Now this is a first for Aidex! One of our suppliers of educational technology, Desktop Metal, was recognized by a leading national magazine as one of the year’s best innovations in engineering. In mid-October, Popular Science wrote this about Desktop Metal’s metal 3D printing Production System: “At an industrial scale, 3D printing with shiny alloys […]

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    Read More Posted November 12, 2017

  • Banners, Business and Ben: Roland Technology Inspires Future Design Entrepreneurs

    When Ben Murray accepted the job as a CTE instructor for graphic design and interactive media Clay High School in South Bend, Indiana, he couldn’t contain his happiness. One reason was his new classroom contained all kinds of “toys”—a 54-inch Roland TruVis SG-540 Printer/Cutter, a Roland VersaUV LEF12 benchtop UV flatbed printer for printing on […]

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    Read More Posted October 27, 2017

  • SynDaver Labs: No Animal Need Be Harmed So Students Can Learn

    I recently sat down with Dr. David Danielson who leads SynDaver Labs’ development of synthetic animals for veterinary medicine and biological sciences education and training. Their flagship product is a Canine Surgical Trainer that breathes, bleeds, looks, and feels like a real dog. The Aidex team loves this educational technology for many reasons and is […]

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    Read More Posted October 25, 2017

  • The Votes Are In: Carroll Public Library’s Makerspace Is Coming Soon!

    Last July, Rob Simons, our technical sales rep for Iowa and Nebraska, casually mentioned he was headed to Carroll, Iowa, for a public hearing on a new library building. We thought Rob was going to sit and listen. Little did we know Rob was going to take the podium and push the ball – a […]

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    Read More Posted September 15, 2017

  • Get Ready to Fall in Love with Aidex’s Newest Technology from Desktop Metal

    Last spring I got a call from an old business colleague and friend, Terry Cambron. He had something he couldn’t wait to tell me. “I’ve got a new job with a tech company out of Boston. They’ve hired me to build their educational sales pipeline. I immediately thought of you!” My antenna went up, which […]

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    Read More Posted August 17, 2017

  • Aidex’s Own MacGyver Gets Schools Up and Running on Educational Technology

    Back in the mid 1980s, my favorite television show was MacGyver. There was something about the Richard Dean Anderson character – and no, it wasn’t his mullet. MacGyver was a secret government agent with an encyclopedic knowledge who solved complex problems by making things out of everyday objects. His weapons of choice for fighting bad […]

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    Read More Posted July 18, 2017