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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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Got Grit Engineering

by Peter 8. May 2017 06:00

Decemmber Contest Winners


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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