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Engineering Models / MatLab

posted Feb 19, 2015, 5:45 AM by Eugene Rutz

Free workshop for: 1) High school math and science teachers seeking to incorporate engineering problem solving into courses they teach and 2) High school teachers interested in offering ENED 1090 Engineering Models for college credit under the new College Credit Plus plan.  The workshop will be June 22-26, 2015 on the UC campus.  MathWorks has significantly reduced their pricing for schools to get MatLab so this is a great time to learn this tool.  For more information or to register contact eugene.rutz@uc.edu. 

HS Engineering in the News

posted Oct 10, 2014, 9:59 AM by Eugene Rutz

Jason Shields and a couple of students from Kings High School appeared on Fox19 News recently describing the results of a project performed in the engineering class.  The recycling tray stacker is going to save the Kings district  about $15,000 per year in garbage removal fees and greatly reduce (by 88%) the volume of trash that they send to the landfill.  The district business manager had been trying to come up with a solution to disposal costs for years without any success.  You can see a video clip at http://www.fox19.com/clip/10635034/local-tray-stacker 

Solar Power for the Classroom

posted Jul 25, 2014, 10:39 AM by Eugene Rutz

King's Solar Panel
Students at King's HS have designed, built and tested a solar panel to heat the engineering classroom.  Here's the report from Jason Shields from this winter:
1.  We shut the off power to the school heater around 8:30 am and the internal room temp was around 60 degrees. Outside temp 18 degrees. 

2.  At 10:15 the temperature of the solar heater was at 100 degrees and kicked on the internal thermostat.  Outside temp 19 degrees.  

3. One hour later, 11:15 the internal room temperature was up to 64 degrees and the solar heater was at 112 degrees.  Outside temp 22 degrees. 

4.  At the end of the day 3:00  the internal room temp was at 71 degrees and the solar heater was outputting 120 degree air.  Outside temp 32 degrees.  

The kids were really excited to see their invention work so well and to heat my huge room!  

Keep-A-Cube

posted Aug 27, 2012, 1:03 PM by Eugene Rutz

Michelle Shafer introduced me to a new activity that is good for introducing the engineering design process. A description of the activity can be found on the PBS Kids site.  The essence of the project is to use common materials to keep an ice cube from melting.  This project can easily be adapted to a "challenge-based learning" format by creating a reason for the need for such a device.  For instance, after the earthquake in Haiti there was a need to quickly get medicines to individuals and some of these medicines need to be kept cold.  Taking the vantage point of a disaster relief agency that had to act quickly and use available materials students are asked to help meet this need.  

The project can be easily expanded to include the need for surviving an air drop.  There's opportunity to bring in science and math (heat transfer, velocity, momentum), social studies and communication (how do you mark a box that helps individuals know what is inside when they may not speak English), and even geography (what's the terrain like, are there animals that might also try to open the box).

Biomass Press

posted Mar 18, 2012, 2:23 PM by Eugene Rutz

Students at Harrison High School have created a biomass briquette press as well as a stove to burn the briquettes to quantitatively measuring which biomass produces the most heat. Biomass can be used as fuel in areas that lack other natural resources.  Engineers Without Borders has created a number of press designs that can be used in third world countries (and in our own neighborhoods).  The plans are included under the Chemical Engineering section.

FREE - 2D CADD Software that works on both MACs and PCs

posted Oct 22, 2011, 4:04 PM by duppsd@ih.k12.oh.us

What a deal! I found a free 2D CADD software program from Dessault Systemes (SolidWorks).
Go to www.3ds.com and select DraftSight in the downloads window.
Here's the link:
I am using this program now with my Engineering 1 class and it's working great. The program is very similar to AutoCad. The commands seem to be exactly the same. I was amazed.
Denny, Indian Hill High School

New For Fall 2011

posted Aug 16, 2011, 11:02 AM by Eugene Rutz

A module on engineering ethics has been posted under the "Teaching" link.  A more
 complete listing of projects is available under the "project materials link.  If you want to do a more in-depth project consider either a design challenge or a case study; both are described on the projects material page. A new introductory video has also been posted.

Trebuchets

posted Mar 10, 2011, 11:00 AM by Eugene Rutz   [ updated Mar 25, 2011, 10:13 AM ]

King's High School students recently completed a mechanical engineering unit  that included designing and building trebuchets.  The designs were tested  with 50lb weights (enough to storm the castle!).  Most designs launched the object 50 - 70 yards.  However, one design sent a 90 lb weight airborne for 97 yards!!

You can see a video produced by students on Youtube (these students are having way too much fun for this to be a high school class!)


 

Guest Speaker on Communication Unit

posted Oct 1, 2010, 11:53 AM by duppsd@ih.k12.oh.us   [ updated Oct 1, 2010, 11:59 AM ]

I mentioned a great speaker that I had speak to my engineering students at Indian Hill in September. He said he'd be happy to speak at other schools if it fit his schedule.
Here's his contact information and a copy of the article attached about him from the Enquirer.
Jerome W. (Jerry) Doerger, P.E., Vice President LEED Accredited Professional
PEDCO E & A Services, Inc.
11499 Chester Road, Suite 301
Cincinnati, OH. 45246
513-782-4920
JDoerger@pedcoea.com
www.pedco.com

Fall 2010

posted Sep 10, 2010, 7:25 AM by Eugene Rutz

The "engineering your future" collaboration has grown and now includes 10 schools and over 300 students.  Participating schools include (alphabetically): Indian Hills HS, Kings HS, Madison Plains HS, Mt Notre Dame HS, Mother of Mercy HS, Oak Hills HS, Princeton HS, Roger Bacon HS, St Ursula Academy, Ursuline Academy, and Wm. Henry Harrison HS.  Welcome to all!!

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