Engineering Hands-On Activities
This year has been quite the exciting one for Mr. Hoskins’ engineering class. They added a new form of curriculum this year- the Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) course. In CEA students learn about basic architectural practices and learn how to use the Revit software, which is a way of designing houses. In the Intro to Engineering Design (IED) course, students learn the basics of engineering as well as obtaining practice in computer aided drafting software. The students often participate in class-wide competitions.
Some of the recent hands-on activities the class worked on were the Bridge Challenge and Lego Robot Challenge. For the Bridge challenge, students were given 60 popsicle sticks and told to design the best bridge possible. The student’s design that won in the morning class held 172 lbs. and the winner in the afternoon held 74 lbs! However, no one was able to beat the record of 195lbs.
Another returning competition the students participated in this year was the Lego Robot Challenge, a favorite amongst most students. Students were put into teams of 2 or 3 and given a kit that contained wheels, motors, and a control module (along with pieces to modify the robot). After initially designing a robot, they put them together, modified, and then teams pitted their robots against the others in a round-robin style tournament with a free for all at the end!
The engineering class is always full of fun, hands-on activities and the class is looking forward to future competitions.