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Engineering practicum students plan inventions in long-term project Amanda Hare and Gabriella Winans

The engineering practicum classes began their year-long projects. The project is to create an invention that will solve problems for a large group. Some inventions they will create include environmentally-safe private aircrafts, cooling systems for electronics in golf carts and something to benefit homeless populations while solving pollution.

As he examines a go-kart model, senior Eli Williams works with seniors Kevin Nguyen and Daxton Hirst. Last year, Williams took the engineering science class. "I'm working on a project that's aimed at trying to have a private aircraft for personal use," senior Garrett Jones said. "It's both electric and gas-powered, making it more efficient, less damaging for the environment, and cheaper for the pilot." (Photo by Amanda Hare)
As she researches information, senior Kierstyn Schroeder works on her computer in her second-period engineering practicum class. The class members, who are in the planning stages of a long-term project, will create an invention that works as a solution to a problem. In her project, Schroeder hopes to create something that will help decrease the effects of pollution while also helping the homeless population. (Photo by Amanda Hare)
Helping the group, engineering teacher Daniel Geiter talks to seniors Brittney DeWald, Kierstyn Schroeder and Dennis Seibert. For their project, the group hopes to find a way to reduce the effects of pollution in a way that will also help homeless populations. "Homeless people get a lot of health problems from the pollution," Schroeder said. "They have to live in the streets, so we're trying to find ways to decrease that (the pollution produced) and benefit them at the same time." (Photo by Amanda Hare)
In the engineering room, a sprocket sits with other building supplies. Engineering students use these supplies to build projects, including solar-powered cars and robots. According to instructor Dan Geiter, engineering practicum students have the opportunity to make any project they want as long as it's "innovative and solves any problem." (Photo by Amanda Hare)
On a Google Document, senior Alexander Oshunkentan works on his project in the engineering practicum class. The class occurs during second period. Every student in the class is a senior. (Photo by Amanda Hare)
While reviewing their project, seniors Hannah Tejada and Katie Ford go over initial details. For their project, the group decided to make a cooling system for portable electronics in golf carts. "What we're building will help portable electronics to stay cool and not overheat while golfing," Tejada said. "It can also be used to store drinks in there." (Photos by Gabriella Winans)
"We are trying to find a way to help homeless people in regards to pollution. We're working on a way to solve pollution and their effects on climate as well as homeless people because they're in urban areas, which produce a lot of pollution, and we're trying to find a way to combine those two problems so that it benefits them financially and physically as well as the rest of the population." - Senior Brittney DeWald
Working on their projects, seniors Katie Ford and Sam Sidhu discuss how their invention will help others. The engineering practicum class got to organize their own groups for their projects. The class is currently working long-term in these groups. (Photos by Gabriella Winans)
A robot made by last year's engineering science students sits in Room 1262 of the main Career and Technical Education hallway. The class had various projects last year, including making solar-powered cars and robots. Daniel Geiter teaches the engineering classes. (Photo by Amanda Hare)
In the engineering room, sprockets sit, ready for students to use for projects. During second period, the engineering practicum students are working on a long-term project. "We are trying to find a way to help homeless people in regards to pollution," senior Brittney DeWald said about her project. "We're working on a way to solve pollution and their effects on climate as well as homeless people because they're in urban areas, which produce a lot of pollution, and we're trying to find a way to combine those two problems so that it benefits them financially and physically as well as the rest of the population." (Photo by Amanda Hare)

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Amanda Hare, Gabriella Winans