TCHS vocational teacher Lori Ricks said 14 incoming freshmen participated in a three-day program offered by the school’s pre-engineering program with cooperation from Murray State University.
Students performed simple machine projects last Wednesday, the first day of the program. Thursday’s work involved electronic kits and two-liter bottle rockets.
Friday’s project took the students to the American Legion Swimming Pool, where they raced canoes they constructed using cardboard and duct tape.
“Most of these things are projects we do in class, but the students don’t do them as freshmen,” Ricks said. “We thought this would be something good for them since most of their class involves computers and basics, not as many fun projects. This lets them see what they’ll be doing in the upper-level courses.”
Ricks said she was impressed by how well the students performed during the program.
“They’ve done an excellent job,” Ricks said. “They’ve had two hours to do projects that take us two or three weeks.”
The race was won by Garrett Brown, who manned the boat he built with Nick Allen and Brendan Rolston. Blaine Alexander was second in the boat he designed with Malea Lewis, Ryan McCloud and Trace Kuberski.
Brown said the program was beneficial to he and his classmates.
“We learned a lot of stuff that we’ll be using later,” Brown said. “It’s good for those of us taking engineering this year to get a first run at it.”