September 20, 2017

Students plan, design engineering projects

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor

Nine students currently work on designing engineering solutions for the Positive Impact – Next Generation Innovators Challenge, with projects ranging from a prosthetic leg to an operating room.

“Part of our project is how we can impact the world, so even if we have the smallest impact, that would be good,” Dan Crabbe, senior, said.

Participating students received problem statements, where they had to design a solution to the problem that followed the prompt’s criteria.

Crabbe and Christian Galvan, junior, received a prompt to create a prosthetic leg.

“We’re building a prosthetic leg for a third world country.  Right now, we’re in the design process,” Galvan said.  “We’re trying to make it as simple as possible and as durable as possible.”

Kat Dobrowski and Jordan Quiroz, seniors, received a prompt about airflow in a surgical operating room.  They have done research about this topic, and they also visited the Children’s Memorial Hospital to examine hospital rooms.

“Right now we’re working on the hospital room and finishing up designs,” Quiroz said.  “It’s a good experience.  It’s more of a hands on thing.”

HP, Intel and Autodesk sponsor this competition, and students will receive the opportunity to work with supercomputers and simulate their designs.

“It’s nothing that we’re familiar with, so a lot of it is learning the whole process and system,” Dobrowski said.

They will present at the Midwest Research Competition: Positive Impact, which takes place April 12 at WHS.

“This is a fantastic example of a relevant high tech application of what our students can work with,” Dan Weidner, physics teacher, said.

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