Students in the two Introduction to Engineering classes at Princess Anne High School recently met the challenge posed by technology education teacher Roger Crider to investigate the makeup of a common tool or appliance.
Each team of students took an item and disassembled it, discovering the inner workings and the materials of its makeup. From a laptop computer to a hairdryer, machines were examined for the engineering involved in their construction.
An innovative and fun project, the exercise sparked interest in the materials that are used in today’s manufacturing. As well, it demanded self-direction and met the educational objectives of being innovative, engaging and authentic. The students’ pride in their investigation was evident as the projects were placed on display in the LMC. Library patrons took note and interest. Several asked what class they could take where they too could get to reverse engineer.