CRANE, Ind. -- Crane Army Ammunition Activity, through its Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics program, is supporting a local Indiana high school by getting it a Benchmill 6000 machine for its Project Lead the Way program.
During a visit to Washington High School Feb. 10, Crane Army officials saw PLTW's Computer Integrated Manufacturing class and talked with students about future careers related to STEM. The students have been studying how to create G and M codes to program in order to machine their initials in a block of wood.
PLTW teacher Joe Furman expressed to Crane Army Commander Joe Dixon how valuable the Benchmill 6000 is for teaching his students how to use modern equipment. Students in the class demonstrated for the visitors their progress in programming their project and having the machine cut the block of wood.
Washington High School is using the PLTW curriculum and the Benchmill 6000 machine to provide students the best background possible for continuing their education in the manufacturing programs. Most students continue their education at Vincennes University. Crane Army currently has students from the VU program working as interns and have alumni currently employed.