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  • Win a Shopbot for a Year Contest

    by Ed Birkey     Friday, September 28, 2012
    My name is Ed Birkey and I wrote an essay that was selected as the educational winner of the American Woodworker "WIn a ShopBot for a Year" contest. This blog will be used to keep people informed of the neat things that a small CNC router can...
  • Project Project Projects!

    by Ed Birkey     Tuesday, October 30, 2012
    Well my kids and I are building a variety of projects using the shopbot. I am building some wall signs using the mill to honor all our past State Champions we have had in SkillsUSA. Here is what I have done right now I will post a picture when I am done...
  • My thoughts about the Desktop....

    by Ed Birkey     Thursday, November 15, 2012
    I would like to say after playing with the Mill that I am impressed with many of it’s features! The first thing I like is the Spindle…. As an educator I was used to using a “Techno” that often had a small router installed on their...
  • Getting Ready For SkillsUSA

    by Ed Birkey     Thursday, November 15, 2012
    I am taking a team of three students to this year’s State SkillsUSA Automated Manufacturing Contest that will take place this spring- This is the reason I wanted the Desktop and entered the contest-each team must be able to take their own benchtop...
  • YES WE DO WOODWORKING ALSO...

    by Ed Birkey     Tuesday, November 20, 2012
    I bet a number of people wonder -do if I do anything related to woodworking? And the answer to that question is yes! In fact, Fort Dodge had the State SkillsUSA Champion Cabinetmaker the Past 3 years and last year we also placed 2 nd and 3 rd in the contest...
  • BENEFIT AUCTION ITEM..

    by Ed Birkey     Tuesday, December 4, 2012
    I thought it was nice that I had a student that wanted to make a piece for a benefit auction for the local DU chapter. He had an old walnut log that he finished and then he engraved their logo on it. I am excited to hear how much it makes for the chapter…
  • GO STATE

    by Ed Birkey     Monday, December 10, 2012
    My independent learning student has taken a real interest in the Shopbot. In fact he is the person I ask when something isn’t working right for me. He plans on going to Iowa State for engineering in a few years and I gave him the idea of making...
  • Completed A Number Of Projects In My Classroom and Shop At School

    by Ed Birkey     Thursday, January 10, 2013
    I have been working on a number of Items since I got the ShopBot Desktop and I finally got them up on the wall. We have had some great success in SkillsUSA here at Fort Dodge Senior High so I made a few plaques to remember the past State Champions we...
  • ShopBot CNC Mill Schools Open House

    by Ed Birkey     Monday, January 14, 2013
    We had the ShopBot that was given to us through the American Woodworker Magazine Education Contest at a Student Showcase at our Parent Teacher Conferences tonight. We had the students make coasters with our school-Fort Dodge Senior High's Logo on...
  • Robotic Claw With SHOPBOT

    by Ed Birkey     Monday, February 18, 2013
    Students used the SHOPBOT DESKTOP that was given to us by American Woodworker and SHOPBOT to fabricate parts for our robot that we used in the First Robotics Challenge this year. The students did a great job designing and fabricating all the plastic parts...
  • Benefit Items

    by Ed Birkey     Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    Students at Fort Dodge Senior High School used the Shopbot Desktop to make a few country style signs for a local benefit. I heard they raised over 40k for the person in need. It is a good experience to have students learn about using their skills to help...
  • 2nd IN STATE

    by Ed Birkey     Thursday, May 30, 2013
    Students at Fort Dodge used the Shopbot Desktop that was given to them by American Worker Magazine in the 2013 Iowa SkillsUSA Automated Manufacturing Contest. This contest has three team members that includes a CAD drafter, a CAD/CAM designer and a CNC...
  • Last Project of School Year..

    by Ed Birkey     Thursday, June 6, 2013
    I said in earlier posts that we were making a new display in our door coming into our shop here at Fort Dodge Senior High School. Well it is not complete yet but is close.. Will finish it up next fall when I get back to school. I would Like to thank American...