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BAHS Projects in Engineering Class Takes Off

posted Jul 14, 2017, 4:02 PM by Jason Tozer   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 4:02 PM ]

Students enrolled in the first year course Projects in Engineering at Belfast Area High School are taking on several projects. They successfully completed a lighting project for the fall musical The Little Mermaid. The electric eel characters wore LED light strings that were wired by students in the class. An even more ambitious project is the creation of a quadcopter drone. The drone body was printed on one of the school’s 3D printers. Students are currently planning the various electronic devices and wiring needed to make the drone fly. Two engineers from the Belfast community, Don Cox and Dave Sprague, are providing academic and financial support to help make the project a reality. Students are also planning to raise money for the project by raffling a smaller quadcopter drone. Look for the raffle to begin after the holiday vacation. Later in spring, the class will also compete in the Wind Blade Challenge, a Maine high school wind blade design challenge that will allow students to explore composite manufacturing technologies and wind energy concepts. The Projects in Engineering class is a required class for anyone seeking to earn the STEM endorsement on their diploma.