Kelly Services, an international job placement and recruiting firm, awarded the Hueneme High School- Engineering and Design Careers pathway a $2,000 grant today, April 23, in order to support their continued work with students in the Engineering pathway. Lead coordinator, Lindsay Burkhardt, physics teacher, Jay Robnett, and English teacher, Marsha Landreth were on hand as their students were recognized. The grant stemmed from Mr. Robnett’s work with teams of his students who engaged in an interdisciplinary project-based lesson that the teachers’ fashioned around the theme of designing a roller coaster ride. Principal Oscar Hernandez and Assistant Principal were also on hand to congratulate the students.
In addition to designing the ride, students learned research techniques in their history class to ferret out historical and technical information on theme park rides. Their English teacher coached the students on writing up the research and presenting a proposal for their ride, while their physics teacher taught the students to calculate the forces that would be involved as patrons rode, with an eye toward avoiding any forces that would cause unconsciousness, nausea, or death. The students constructed scale models of their creations to determine the forces at play in the most extreme parts of their ride.