Summit High School students are using their engineering skills to fix everyday problems.
At their Engineering Trade Show December 5, students set up presentation boards and project prototypes in the common area of the school. Their projects, which they have been working on since the beginning of the semester, are meant to fix a common problem or make an existing product better. For example, one group aims to create a face mask that lets athletes breathe pure oxygen to help them perform better. Another group wants to create an iPhone charging cable that doesn’t break as easily.
“At the beginning of the year, the students have to write down 15 everyday problems,” said Summit High engineering teacher Kris Schneider. “They have to pick one relevant to their life. Then they get partnered with someone who has a similar problem. This group is probably one of the best groups I’ve seen.”
The students got feedback from their peers about how they could better their project, and they took that advice back to the classroom to discuss. Around Spring Break, they should have a functional model. By the end of the semester, they will present their completed projects to industry professionals.
“By the third trade show around Spring Break, they will have done testing on their prototype,” Schneider said. “The students will spend April marketing it, and then in May they will present everything.”