South Park SD use 21st-century tools to make product prototypes
Chairs, a table and a smartphone speaker amplifier are only a few of the prototypes South Park High School students in Mr. Siniawski’s Engineering Design and Development course were able to create during the first nine weeks of the school year. The honors-level students recently completed a material processing unit and presented their prototypes to a group of South Park administrators, teachers and staff members. Engineering Design and Development is the capstone course in the engineering pathway. These students already received extensive software training in previous courses. During the first quarter of the course, they received instruction on machine usage, new software, material properties and joinery in the production of a product of their choosing. The students produced their prototypes using 21st-century equipment, including a new Epilog Laser engraver and upgraded CNC spindle. During presentations on Nov. 4 and 7, students presented their engineering design process, final prototype and reflection.