Students are finding out more about engineering in the real world, while learning by building mechanical devices and applying math skills.
At the Sevier Career and Technical Education Center students aren’t learning equations; they are learning how to apply what they already know.
“When they get in here, I don’t want to teach them equations,” said CTE instructor Eric Thorson. Students who take his class in engineering principles are expected to know the math when they enter the class.
Thorsen gave his students three problems to solve for their final project. One was to build a robotic arm; the others were to build an elevator and a chocolate cookie topper.
One of the first steps was to draw the design and then find the correct parts. They then had to write the code to make it work. Many found that the design was easier than getting the projects to work with proper direction and speed.