An Hour In … EngineeringBuilding, coding, learning
Engineering Juniors participate in a hands on project where they use what they have learned to code a robot.
Making an engineered wood block, junior Rey Cunanan measures wood to use with the laser cutter. After he finished early, Cunanan was able to experiment and build something for entertainment purposes. “I’m good with hands on things, so I want to pursue engineering,” Cunanan said.
Students are learning about open and closed loop programs in Kristopher Kading’s engineering class. Groups asked questions to their peers to grasp the concept better after facing a problem. “This isn’t difficult once you get going and understand a few concepts,” Junior Shizhao Wang said.
Junior Hailey Sassone’s group fix accidental mistakes after finding the problem. Groups coded through a vex program. “We learned from what we did wrong, after going back to see what we did,” Sassone said.
As her group reads the instructions, junior Samantha Sze is fixing the visual aspect of the project. Groups of three worked together to fix mistakes and complete directions given by the teacher. “This is a lot different from what we are used to doing, which is being in the classroom working on computers,” Sze said. “It’s nice to be doing a hands on project.”
After coming up with a desired design, groups make a 3D model of a LED sign. Because some groups finished before others, they were given the freedom to build their own creation. “We are currently making an LED laser cut acrylic signs or basically plastic that glows,” junior Danny Maksimov said. “This is a fun project because this is the first big project we have done this year.”