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Classes teach technology, robotics and renewable energy to prepare students for both careers in the trades and university engineering programs

Gladstone High School added an engineering program with classes in technology, robotics and renewable energy to prepare students for both careers in the trades and university engineering programs.

Engineering students at Gladstone High School are constructing a functioning hovercraft powered by leaf blowers and fans.Engineering-technology classes teach students hands-on skills in manufacturing processes, industry standards, applied mechanisms, mechanical fabrication, electrical systems, robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics and household electrical systems. Students applied their skills in researching, designing and constructing a hovercraft and a can crusher.

Robotics students learn the fundamentals of robot design, construction and programming. They build robots that can follow lines, solve mazes, and react to their environment.

Renewable energy students explore clean-electron technology through a lab and theory class, with a focus on clean-energy systems such as wind turbines, solar and hydrogen fuel-cell sources.

"We've had students who went on to apprentice in machine shops, and others hired by Boeing, which provided them with a four-year college education at company expense," said teacher Mike Leone. "Whether they are interested in local employers like Precision Castparts or pursuing a college engineering degree, the program provides excellent preparation and a wealth of practical, hands-on experience."


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