Press Release

Automation Workz 4 U
Oakland Community College


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Employers desire thinkers, those proficient in iSTEAM (invention, Science, Technology, Engineering, Artistic Design and Mathematics), to create software and hardware based products/ services to increase their efficiency and hence profitability. Employers are looking for the skills dubbed “The Four C’s”:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving             
  • Effective communication
  • Collaboration and team building                     
  • Creativity and innovation

Uplift, Inc. has created Automation Workz and Automation Workz 4 U,  which are live family video games where families solve challenging hands-on invention, electronics, mechatronics, programming, 3D design, spatial reasoning, mathematical, robotic and automotive task in a scavenger hunt format. The top three families to generate the most points will win cash prizes. Prizes are 

1st place     $100          2nd place    $75           3rd place     $50

Automation Workz  was held at Cobo Hall during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). January 24, 2015 NAIAS generates 100,000 attendees on that day. Automation Workz 4 U has the same live competitive video game (scavenger hunt) action as its Auto Show  cousin, Automation Workz,  with a Twist. Families will utilize computer aided design software, metallurgy, machine tool equipment and 3-D printing to create a trinket. 

This is a perfect opportunity for families to experience the manufacturing design and  production process, first hand and to see how iSTEAM (invention, Science, Technology, Engineering, Artistic Design and Mathematics) works in the real world in a community college setting. 

“Parents are an untapped resource for promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) motivation and the results of our study demonstrate that a modest intervention aimed at parents can produce significant changes in their children’s academic choices.” (JM Harackiewicz, 2012) When parents encouraged students in Science Technology Engineering, and Mathematics, 40% of those children matriculated in those subjects in college compared to the 8% who did not receive such encouragement. This data was reported in Longitudinal Study of American Youth where 4000 Generation Xers were followed since 1987.

Parental involvement, gaming and play is a recipe for true engaged learning. Parents and students, alike, love video games. “Games are… the most ancient and time honored vehicle for learning. They are the original educational technology.” (Crawford, 1984) “Play allows children to develop creativity, problem-solving, logic, social knowledge, and language.” (Christie and Johnson, 1991).

The first Automation Workz 4 U will occur June 5, 2015 4 pm to 8 pm at Oakland Community College – Auburn Hills campus 2900 Featherstone Road Auburn Hills, MI 48326. Families can register to attend this FREE event sponsored by Oakland Community College – Auburn Hills campus at

For parents convenience, Pizza, Salad, Dessert and Drink will be served for FREE promptly at 4 pm.

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