Seventh graders from West Carroll Middle School are at Morrison Tech today (Friday, March 31), the latest group to participate in one of the college’s Engineering Tech Day.
Morrison Tech instructors, assisted by their students, supervised five hands-on sessions for the more than 60 WCMS students, their teachers and chaperones.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, nine different middle school classes will attend one of the tech days.
The event starts with an introduction, followed by morning and afternoon breakout sessions, lunch and a concluding session.
Today’s activities included:
- Working in groups to build the tallest structure using limited resources – newspaper and tape.
- Using solid modeling software to design a 3D model of a whistle; students received a prototype of the whistle that had been printed on one of Morrison Tech’s 3D printers.
- Creating a trial mix of concrete and then testing it for work ability and compression strength.
- Designing a bridge with special software and physically testing a bridge under typical loads.
- Exploring commonly used manufacturing processes, including an injection molding station where they created a plastic paper clip, golf tees or screwdriver.
The final Engineering Tech is scheduled for April 21.