GOT GRIT?

The most valuable lessons in life are rarely learned with ease. In the real-world, directions are often confusing, things break and results aren’t always pretty. We believe in the importance of recognizing students who tackle challenging projects with tenacity and mental toughness. The following students have got grit.

 

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Underwater Robot

Jingyu Liang discoved that it takes grit to engineer an underwater robot, at South Lee High School, with instructor, Martin Bryant. The April Got Grit Contest winner was forced to repair and replace a number of components. Acrylic boards broke and peeled apart. Weight and balance alterations were needed. Motors had to be upgraded and replaced. He also incorporated additional waterproofing modifications and designed a 3D printed a payload box.
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Cardiac Stent

March Got Grit Contest Winners, Arianna and Ramani learned that it takes grit to work in Biomedical Engineering. The 6th grade students were challenged to create a wire stent that would spring open and support an artery, in the STEM Lab at Carmel Middle School, with instructor, Sally Davidson. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work. 
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Home Engineering

Congratulations February Got Grit Contest Winners: Anthony, Jonathan, Pavel, Brannoc, Madison, Tony, Josh, Isabelle, Antonio and Brianna. The 8th grade students, at Swansboro Middle School, were challenged by instructor Michelle Flint to create a working model that required the collaboration of multiple modules. The team designed the house in CAD, then developed a solar powered electrical system to run lights and a ceiling fan. Walls and landscape had to be fabricated and painted. Furniture was scaled down and 3D printed. The final project combined: Virtual Architecture, Alternative Energy, Laser Technology, Materials Processing, Environment & Ecology, and Digital Manufacturing.
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Lunar Prototype

January Got Grit Contest Winner, Noah Terhune, engineered a Lunar Robot Prototype, at South Lee High School, with instructor, Martin Bryant. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work.
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Flight Technology

December Got Grit Contest Winners, Deniz Telci and Jacob Weinstein, discovered that aeronautical engineering requires grit. The team developed glider prototypes, in the STEM Lab at Reading Junior High School, with instructor, Rachelle Ferguson. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work. 
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USB Charger Prototype

November Got Grit Contest Winner, Connor Buckley, creates his own portable charger. Connor is a 6th grader, in the STEM Lab at Clay Middle School, with instructor, Derek Dial. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Your contest submission demonstrated that you've got grit. Keep up the great work. 
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Engineering Beams

October Got Grit Contest Winners, Jorie and Haley constructing and testing beams. We are proud to reward the hard work and determination they demonstrated in the STEM Lab at Ira Jones Middle School with Applied Technology Instructor, John Pilch. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work. 
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