USA Today’s Back to School Edition featured Solar4STEM

Solar4STEM was recently featured in USA Today’s Back to School Edition!

You can see our feature below, contact us for more information and purchase a solar4STEM for your school here on our website.

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Fun in the sun with solar4STEM

Solar4STEM is traveling all over the southeast this summer!  It is truly the hottest product (pun intended)!  Give us a call today and we will add you to our schedule of stops along the way.  We have some incredible summer specials which will be ending soon so now is the time to take advantage of our “traveling road show” as well as “hot prices.” What are you waiting for???

Solar 4 stem fun in the sun

Solar4STEM and Food Truck

Solar4STEM partner, Energy Alabama, featured their new Solar4STEM 200 unit along with the Clean Energy Solar Panels used to power the Food Trucks.  Some of the trucks have Solar Panels on the roof of the Trucks while others are powered using the portable solar panels you see pictured above.  Many incredible applications for Portable Solar Energy!  More photographs to come…………………


Solar4STEM at Inspiring MWBE Trade Fair

The Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) hosts an annual MWBE/LDB/VBE Trade Fair each year.

This annual event offers a forum for attendees to meet and network with contractors and other firms that are bidding on and/or working on O.C.P.S. projects. Local minority business support organizations, such as the African American and Asian Chambers, Black Business Investment (BBIF), Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF) and the Central/North Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (FMSDC) are also exhibitors at the event, providing current information about their programs and services provided to support minority and small businesses.

During the event, mini workshops are made available to the attendees on various subjects to provide practical information to enable vendors to do business with the district.

FloridawomenscounselCME is a proud member of the Women’s Business Development Council of Florida.  We are grateful to be included in events such as Orange County Public Schools Office of Business Opportunity.  Great breakout sessions!

CME Engineers Provide Professional Development For Teachers

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CME is hosting Solar4STEM partner, Douglas Jamerson Elementary, teachers as part of their annual professional development day.  Our engineers are eager to provide professional development for teachers and staff.  Solar4STEM experiment teacher development is just one of many areas CME engineers delight in providing.  Current engineering question and answer sessions between teachers, STEM staff and CME engineers are proving to be a highly requested professional development session!  CME engineers do a great job of making PD fun as well as extremely informative!  Send us a request today and we will be happy to fit you into our Professional Development schedule!

You wouldn’t believe the advancement of these 3rd graders after they went on THIS field trip!

April 21, 2016 – Douglas Jamerson Elementary 3rd Graders Field Trip

In keeping with the Jamerson Engineering Design Process of developing the 4Cs:  Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity the CME Engineer’s put their heads together to create a simulated “day in the life of an engineer”.  The team created multiple work stations for the kids to explore a number of tasks, builds and experiments.


In the photo above Rick Silva, Sr. Systems Engineer, is directing the kids to the various measuring points on the solar4STEM 200 unit.  He is holding a multi meter which provides an accurate measurement of voltage and watts in this particular experiment.  As the students engage the meter with the points designated for solar, battery, controller and inverter the meter provides them with the data for intake, storage and usage.  The usage is accurately measured as they utilize the built in load bank included within the unit.  Students choose how much or little load they want to use by engaging switches on the unit.  One of the many goals in creating the experiments for solar4STEM 200 was to make measuring energy and calculations fun!  Who said science and math can’t be fun?


Lukas Hefty from Pinellas County Schools describes what it it’s like to use the solar4stem trainer kit in the classroom

Lukas Hefty, the engineering /Science Coach & Magnet Coordinator at Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary in St. Petersburg Florida discusses the impact that the Solar4STEM science kits have had on students at Douglass J.

Lukas stresses how invaluable it is that students are able to see the real world applications behind solar technology.

CME Introduces The Pinellas County Schools STEM academy to the Solar4Stem Trainer Kit

Saturday, April 30, 2016

CME was invited as one of 15 vendors to feature our solar4STEM 200 educational kit during the 3rd Annual Pinellas County Schools STEM Expo!

Pinellas County STEM Expo

The Pinellas County Schools STEM Expo is the culminating event for the 180 after-school STEM Academies. This expo drew thousands of people to the USF St. Petersburg campus for a FREE fun filled day of 180 STEM engineering design projects, student presentations, campus tours and interactive experiences that celebrate the excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  CME presented along side event sponsor, Duke Energy demonstrating to msp vip hack hundreds of individuals throughout the day.

CME Announces the Launch of the solar4STEM 200 Educational Product

CME Announces the Launch of the solar4STEM 200 Educational Product

A new and unique solar energy educational kit now available for educators, schools, science centers, and other STEM champions and stakeholders.

Pinellas Park, FL, May X, 2016:  Custom Manufacturing & Engineering™ (CME™) is excited to announce the launch of solar4STEM 200, a portable educational kit for “out of the box” solar energy education in the classroom or science lab.  The ready to use product provides a series of hands-on experiments and allows students working with the unit to interact with and harvest solar energy under real world scenarios. The official launch date for solar4STEM is May XX, 2016.

Solar panel collector turning sunlight into energy spectrum

CME believes that solar4STEM 200 will quickly become the best experiential instructional aid for school administrators, teachers, and other STEM champions in industry, government, or foundations looking to provide better quality solar energy education at their schools of interest.  The solar4STEM 200 Solar Education Trainer kit is specifically designed for science/engineering oriented classrooms, STEM academies, or vocational schools and is easy to use equipment in a portable configuration for students to conduct basic electrical, geographic, and solar energy harvesting experiments. A collection of suggested experiments written to state dragon city resources generator educational standards are included in the manual to aid the teacher in preparing class lessons which include, but are not limited to electrical power, solar derived power, geography, and seasonal solar location.

Now in production, the solar4STEM 200 product will be marketed throughout the USA to STEM stakeholders.  With this product, CME has also launched a new website at that provides the latest information on solar4STEM 200.  Long a proponent and supporter of STEM initiatives to advance science and engineering education in our schools, the company’s involvement in practical off-grid solar and energy storage products led to the development of the solar4STEM 200 for schools after seeing the lack of similar products for K-12 education.  “Our mission is to empower students by creating relevant science education products. CME employees are passionate about designing, manufacturing, and marketing new products like solar4STEM 200 that will enhance science and engineering education and enable children to learn,” said Dr. Nancy Crews, Chief Executive Officer/President of CME.

Headquartered in Pinellas Park, FL in the Tampa Bay area, CME is a leading manufacturing and engineering small business specializing in the design of unique products for Industry, Government, and Educational Institutions.