Yearlong Projects Develop Students' Design and Engineering Skills
During a February tour of the engineering program, junior Kiera Kunde explains her team’s project to Scott Danielson, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Programs, ASU College of Technology and Innovation. Her team member, senior Isaac Ethington, is shown in the center.
Students in Desert Ridge High’s engineering design and development class recently presented their yearlong projects to a group of practicing engineers and ASU engineering students. The ten design teams, consisting of juniors and seniors, identified a real-world problem and spent the school year developing a solution by following the design process.
The design projects included: an arrow with a built-in tracking device; a water catchment/purification system for developing countries which can be constructed from sustainable materials; a new valve design for french horns; a new blade design to increase efficiency and prolong motor life of A/C units; and a built-in wall socket that automatically stops electrical flow.
Based on the judges scores, the top four projects and the students who designed them:
• Redesigned electrical socket—Brent Russon, Victor Rojas, and Alex Schwab
• Water purification system—Cecilia Allor, Kiera Kunde, and Isaac Ethington
• Tracking arrow system—Cody Price, Jake Kammerer, and Cole Mahan
• New french horn valve design—Nathan Diefenderfer, Miguel Lopez, and Ian Thompson
Engineering design and development is the Project Lead the Way capstone class.
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