I had an incredible experience at the Manufacturing Week 2018 (an extension of Manufacturing Day), showing middle school students (aka champions) and teachers (aka heroes) things that students can explore, learn and interact with beyond a completely EMPTY booth table – or a bounded lecture or training room (hint: by leveraging Augmented Reality) and making them aware, and hopefully excited, about many types of careers they could explore in manufacturing.

This kind of experience, of course, may be further customized for any industry.

Photo: Custom augmented reality (AR) experience displaying an imaginary manufacturing plant facility and a virtual industrial robotic arm, among other manufacturing-related 3D models, at Manufacturing Week 2018.

What Problem Would You Like To Solve When You Grow Up?

This is a question suggested by one wiser friend, and I find it compelling and long overdue to replace the standard, familiar question everyone used for years.

For years, it made me realize we no longer should ask kids “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, simply because it may lock them into choosing standard job titles and/or most common job descriptions they barely understand as inexperienced kids (rings a bell?). There will be new job titles that will be required and invented in the near future, so much like in the recent years, and imagine how much confused a grown-up kid will be when she’ll need to reformulate her original choice of “what they want to be when they grow up”.

During #MFGWEEK18, I embraced the recommendation and suggested the guest students to instead think about what problem they’d like to solve when they grow up, and added how would they like to change some things happening in the world, what is their passion, what would they really really love to do when they grow up?… and urged them to share those inner thoughts with their parents, teachers and mentors, so they can guide them toward a career they truly love.

It is important and healthy for people to work on what they absolutely love to work on.

FWIW, I know the problem we broadly focus to solve at LOOK is converting some outdated aspects of the traditional education into an enhanced visual education, by leveraging visual resources and emerging interactive and sensory technologies.

The Magic of Augmented Reality

Sadly, when asked whether they were previously aware about augmented/mixed reality (a thing of their own future), none or maximum two in each group of fifteen students responded Yes.

But then, they suddenly got utterly excited about seeing an entire virtual manufacturing plant magically appear before their eyes, guiding them through a layout of departments, job activities and operations details, and using only their fingers to place virtual robot arms, chassis and wheels on assembly lines, dump trucks, conveyors, or employee characters (I call them champions) with various looks and job responsibilities, while they built, walked around and explored their own virtual manufacturing plant facility.

You can easily create your own custom, personalized AR experiences, regardless of the subject or topic you teach, educate or make people aware about. Ask for help.

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