Dunn said that it is important to have hands-on projects, like building wooden towers in each unit.
“The best way to get students interested in science, is to have them do science,” Dunn said.
In the electrical engineering and information technology unit starting in January and ending in March students will build robots. Projects were also part of the curriculum for the engineering careers unit that started the year, and will be in the renewable energy unit that ends the year.
“The goal is to have high school students prepared for college and exposed to different areas of interest,” he said.
The program’s students said the course was achieving its purpose. One of these was senior Ryan Crean, who said he was already interested in engineering when he enrolled. He will be attending Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.
He said he was glad the program was available because it’s making him better prepared for college. It has made his senior year more challenging than it otherwise might have been, he said.
Jerry Murello said his studies have showed him how important engineering is to so many aspects of society. He is enlisted in the Marine Corps as an aviation mechanic, but he would like to pursue his interests in civil and mechanical engineering at some point in the future.
Coley said he will attend RPI in the fall. The course has helped narrow down his options by giving him the opportunity to experience many different possibilities, he said, which isn’t always possible in a small school.
Other students in the class are Ian Rogers, Caleb Barney and Josiah Wenck.
“We will take what we learned this year and improve it,” Dunn said. “I’m very happy with the way it’s going and the opportunities it provides.” He said he hoped in the future this would include internships and shadowing.