It's No Picnic

It's No Picnic
Posted on 06/07/2016
This is the image for the news article titled It's No PicnicHigh school engineering students learned that it takes a lot of effort to move from an idea to reality.  The picnic table project began when high schoolers started power lunches.  Students are allowed to have an extended lunch unless they are required to attend tutorials.  They may eat outside, hangout, and participate in various enrichment activities.  Unfortunately, the only place to sit is on the ground.  To solve this problem engineering students worked in teams to come up with a proposal for administration which included a picnic table design, a cost analysis, and a justification of need. After each team made their presentation, administration gave their approval of the project.  Now the class had to agree on one design and pursue funding.  After taking the best components of each design and merging them into one, the class made their pitch to the ACS Volunteer Committee who approved both their concept and their budget!  The committee provided enough funds for the students to build 2 picnic tables.  Then the real work began.  With the help of Mr. Greg Murphy and local community member, John Bloom, the picnic table construction began.  The math requirements, measuring to the 16th inch, and cutting 30, 45, and 22 and 1/2 angles, showed how math is used in real life.  With over 75 different pieces to put together these students in Dr. Scot's class really showed their ability to pursue an idea and see it to fruition!
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