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Got Grit? Self-Propelled Boat Engineer Does

by Peter 18. December 2017 08:27

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Hunter Wright, demonstrated that he’s Got Grit

Hunter had to overcome many challenges while engineering a self-propelled boat, at South Lee High School, with instructor, Martin Bryant. His 3D printed design did not completely print and leaked. The boat would shift to the right and motor mount modifications were required. A custom switch was needed for consistent electrical connection and the boat was dramatically off balance during testing.

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Students Engineer Cardiac Stent

by Peter 30. May 2017 03:32

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March Got Grit Contest Winners

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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Got Grit Engineering

by Peter 8. May 2017 06:00

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February Got Grit Contest Winners

Congratulations 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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A STEM Lab in Action

by Peter 6. March 2017 03:37

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A STEM Lab in Action

The Paxton/Patterson STEM Lab at Cerro Villa Middle School with instructor, Dan Baker. Students engineer mechanisms, test fly gliders, experiment with lasers and wind turbines, 3D print, race dragsters, launch rockets, create forensic science sketches, and more.

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Lunar Robot Prototype

by Peter 28. February 2017 03:44

Lunar Robot Prototype

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Got Grit Contest Winner, Noah Terhune, engineered a lunar robot prototype that is capable of launching orbital transmitters. Stability and consistency proved to be a major challenge, requiring weeks of adaptations. Creating the pneumatic system, programming the movements and controlling the robot added to his struggles. Noah demonstrated GRIT by overcoming the difficulties and completing the challenge.

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