Engineering Students Get Busy

2018 Sophomore Egg Drop

10th Grade students had to build a package out of 50 straws and tape and one sheet of paper.  It had to survive a 14 foot drop from the rear stairwell near the electrical shop and tiny home area.

Several students work on building an egg vessel out of straws to protect the egg in a free fall One student drops his egg contraption while another looks on Two students pose with their egg carrying vessel outside the launch area Proud partners stand with their egg carrying contraption prior to launch


2018  Junior Junk Drawer Car Build:     

Juniors were given a bag containing miscellaneous items and had to build a self propelled vehicle capable of going in a straight line for 15 feet and keeping on center.   They would lose points if it veered off center or did not reach 15 feet.   This exercise emulates the Texas Society of Professional Engineers/UTSA Engineering Challenge CCA won last April at UTSA.

Student independently works on her Junk Drawer Vehicle in class at her desk Two students together proudly hold their junk car in the hallway Two students build their junk drawer car at their desk  Two students in the hall are ready to set their car on its run


2018 Junior Tunnel Build     

Juniors are tasked with building a tunnel using chicken wire as rebar and Plaster of Paris as concrete.   It will be topped with soil to simulate a hill and will have a load of three bricks placed on it to evaluate its structural integrity.

Engineering students begin to design their tunnel with mesh wire over a tub Two students in the shop use plaster to cover their wire tunnel structure Students plaster their tunnel in a plastic bin while in the shop


2018 Senior Dome Build         

12th Grade engineering students had to make a Geodesic Dome out of popsicle sticks capable of holding 40 pounds.    They had to use the triangular structural shape inherent in the Geodesic Domes structure.   The were given 120 sticks to work with and the dome had to be 12 inches wide and about 12 inches in height.

Two seniors begin to build their geodesic dome structure at their desk out of sticks This student pair test the integrity of their geodesic dome with weights Two students test the structure of their geodesic dome on the classroom floor This student loads up his hand made dome with weights to test the strength of the structure