Opinion / Editorial
FDHS Engineering Students Partner With Georgia Tech for Outreach 4
December 3, 2013Douglass High School
Mr. D. Jenkins and his engineering class visited Design Within Reach to participate in the Outreach Four design competition sponsored by Georgia Tech.
Frederick Douglass High School students alongside Grady High School were able to work with professional engineers from Georgia Tech to build an efficient prototype out of repurposed Bluetooth speakers.
Three FDHS teams created three separate prototypes with their repurposed Bluetooth speaker. Each prototype went through the same process. It began with brainstorming and progressed to a sketch. Once the ideas and design were in place the students built their prototypes. Quoinez Mary, Brekia McClendon, Tierra Sims, Yasmeen Thomas, Lauren Ellsworth, Kristin Hare, and Blake Williford designed the “Funky Cactus.” This was a portable speaker system with a cactus design surrounding the speakers. The “Funky Cactus,” won a first place award in one of the competitions held. Darein Hardnett, Typhanie Daniel, Sapphire McCloud, and Charles Rogers each designed the “Mars” wallet. Their design was a wallet with speakers. The prototype was made to stand on its once it is folded out. It was designed to be durable and stylish as well. Chiara Atkinson, Ashley Andrade, Quentavius Hill, Michael Paige, J. Mauricio Uruena, and Justin Arsenault collectively designed the “BLW” watch. The watch is a functioning music player that also allows for the sharing of music.
“ It was a spectacular event. The prototypes shown were just awesome. Students were excited about the whole process. Our students performed at a very high level while going through the design process with the Georgia Tech professionals assigned to each team, “ engineering teacher, Mr. Jenkins said.
Anyone interested in seeing the prototypes should speak to Mr. Jenkins in his classroom on the basement floor.
by Devion J. Lewis