Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 12, 2013

Engineering has real-life applications

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Jonathan Lengel, a senior at Glasgow High School, was hard at work Friday morning testing the amount force his newly constructed bridge could withstand in JR Dakin’s engineering class.

Through trial and error, Lengel said he learned the Pratt truss style of bridge is more structurally sound in comparison to the Warren truss style bridge he originally constructed.

Currently, there are five engineering classes offered with “state of the art” technology through the high school’s Academy of Engineering. Many of the students said the program allows them to be more prepared for college to pursue a career in engineering.

“It helps me learn the basics of engineering that I’ll need to know,” Lengel said.

Dakin said the high school’s nationally certified status allows for better resources through the Academy of Engineering to prepare the students for the workforce. He said with the Academy of Engineering high school advisors are able to work the student’s schedule to a four-year plan tailored towards a career in engineering.

“The students get to apply their math, and they learn life applications to their academics,” Dakin said.

Chord Glass, senior, worked on his electrical fabrication project where he wired a three-way residential switch. He said it took him a little over a week to create the switch which required a great deal of precision measuring.

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