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Engineering Technology Class

The Engineering Technology class has recently completed the audio speaker project of the electromagnetic induction module.  As part of this effort, the students conducted a series of lab activities and tests to develop a design basis for construction of a working speaker.  This information was then used to design and construct speakers that were tested for efficiency, frequency response range, and quality of sound reproduction.  The next project for the class will focus on using many of the same principles utilized for construction of the speakers to support construction of simple motors using only basic hardware store materials.


Three high school seniors are taking advantage of a new advanced engineering projects class offered by Valley Falls High School.  As part of the class, these students independently developed a program of study for an engineering related problem or project.  These programs will be completed through the school year with a final product to be delivered at the end of the second semester.   Students that are completing projects include Jachin D., Jason M., and Lawson H.

Jachin will focus on the development of a hydroponic system that could be used to produce food for prolonged space exploration or for extraterrestrial colonies.  His early activities will involve conducting tests to determine the impact of nutrient concentration, type of light, light intensity, and duration of light exposure on plant growth.  He will also test a number of hydroponic methods to determine their effectiveness for growing a variety of plant products, and will finish the year by building and demonstrating a contained system to grow tomatoes, potatoes, and possibly peanuts.

Lawson and Jason will be conducting parallel projects that meld robotics with computer programming.  These students will conduct a series of increasingly more sophisticated robot builds to develop an understanding of robot sensor and control capabilities.  As part of each build, Jason and Lawson will be required to create programs to be used as controller and sensory interfaces for their robots.  Programs will start simply with simple motion control and progress to more advanced programs that address sensor feedback and control of a robotic arm.  The students will finish the year with design and construction of simple task specific robots that will work independently of intervention.

 

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