Andrew Shearer’s advanced engineering students at Henry County High School were tasked with designing a rotating and oscillating arm that needed to be able to pick up blocks and move them to a specific location.
They needed to incorporate previous learning, especially the simple machines units, to create their machines that worked with hydraulic controls. They worked in teams of three to complete the design process, from sketching through testing. Problem solving, group communication, time management and creativity are all pieces of this complex assignment.
The final task was a head-to-head competition of time and control that tested all the work they have accomplished. The overall big idea is for them to be able to recognize the influx of automation in the manufacturing sector in which several of them may eventually be employed.