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Got Grit? Contest Winner - Little Free Library

by Peter 15. May 2019 08:36

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Got Grit? Tyler Wadsworth Does.

Got Grit Contest Winner - April. Tyler Wadsworth was challenged by elementary school teachers to engineer a Little Free Library to allow easy access for children to borrow books. He utilized techniques learned from the BuildingSkills curriculum, with Jerry Phillips, STEM & Construction Skills Instructor at Clyde High School. He demonstrated GRIT by overcoming many challenges while creating the waterproof structure.

Have you Got Grit? Enter the contest.

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Got Grit? Contest Winners Engineer Compass/Sundial

by Peter 30. April 2019 10:01

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Jacob and Jordan demonstrated that they've Got Grit

Got Grit? Contest winners, Jacob and Jordan, designed and fabricated a custom compass/sundial apparatus, with instructor, Martin Bryant, at Southern Lee High School. The engineering team was required to build at a specific 43.75º angle to match the sun’s shadow at North Carolina’s latitude. They displayed GRIT by overcoming 3D printing complications, friction and broken magnets. They also created a unique method for magnetizing the compass needle.

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Got Grit? Contest Winners Fabricate Roller Caps

by Peter 12. December 2018 12:01

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Owen and Carter, demonstrated that they've Got Grit

Got Grit? Contest winners, Owen and Carter, challenged themselves to fix the district poster making machine, with instructor, Josh Ames, at Central Junior High School. The team had to precisely measure and fabricate new roller caps. It took much trial and error, 3D printed parts failed and technical drawings had to be revised.

Have you Got Grit? Enter the contest.

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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.

Have you Got Grit? Enter the contest.

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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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