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Engineering

Grade 7 only (Enrichment)

The enrichment class is taught by John Galipault who is a certified pilot in single engine land and seaplanes.  Students have an opportunity to not only learn about the origins of aviation, but the science in the flight principles.  We have two integrated flight simulators that students are taught how to fly and demonstrate basic airmanship.  Students research different aircraft and future technologies which they will report on in the class.  This is a great class for the aviation novice and enthusiast.

For more information, please contact John Galipault.

Grade 8 only (Enrichment)

Learn how to design and build a dragster racer. Students will shape and paint a wooden template into a dragster that will run on compressed air and launched on a 24-foot track. They will examine the principles of aerodynamic design, wheel friction, and laminar flow as they perfect their designs. Students will engage in friendly competitions as they race their cars on the track. They will then build and design a larger dragster made from base wood and balsa wood templates which are powered by COand race them on an 80 foot track set up in the gymnasium. If time permits, students will also design an F1 car using CAD/CAM software and shape their car using a micro router.

For more information, please contact Dave Warner.

Grade 6 and 7 (Elective)

*not available in 7th grade if taken in 6th grade

Explore the principles of rocketry and learn how to build rockets from the ground up. Students will begin by building straw rockets and examine how thrust, fin design, and launch angle affect their flight. They will move into paper rocket designs and then build a variety of bottle rockets launched with an air compressor. They will also learn how to build recovery systems to insure safe landings.

Grade 8 (Can only enroll if taking FTC Robotics program after school)

Explore the principles of rocketry and learn how to build rockets from the ground up. Students will begin by building straw rockets and examine how thrust, fin design, and launch angle affect their flight. They will move into paper rocket designs and then build a variety of bottle rockets launched with an air compressor. They will also learn how to build parachute and other recovery systems to insure safe landings. Students will also examine rocket trajectories and use their data to hit a target. Finally, students will investigate the use of Estes and other chemical powered rocket engines using single and multiple stage rocket designs.

Grades 7 and 8 only (Elective)

This course is designed to get exposure for the students to learn CAD programming such as AutoCAD and Solidworks. Students will be working individually and in small teams to produce modeling products on the computer and have some of the products come to life through a 3D printer. The class will also work in conjunction with the robotics teams to prototype parts and attachments as well as a comprehensive engineering notebook.