During Osseo Senior High's Principles of Engineering A course, scholars demonstrated all the five traits of Osseo Excellence.
The Principles of Engineering course is one of many that have articulated college credit within the Project Lead the Way curriculum that focuses on STEM topics. This particular class relates to the VEX robotics program that has boasted 2 state champions in the last 4 years at Osseo Senior High.
Under the guidance of John Licciardi, technology education teacher and Project Lead The Way director, scholars created radio controlled cars from scratch throughout the first trimester of the three-trimester course. During the unit on mechanisms, power output, and mechanical advantages, they were charged with creating a viable vehicle, calculating the torque and gearing ratios, determining the electrical output and usage of their engine, and determining the stall torque. They also had to calculate the load speed and overall speed.
As the culmination of the collaborative project, they engaged in a bracket race against each other, adjusting their cars as they went to manage new discoveries about their performance.
Above: Scholars set up their race cars at the starting line.
Above: The final two cars of the bracket competing for the best design.
Above: After the bracket races, Team 4 - Owen Queeglay, Yee Yang, Abdiwasaa Ahmed, and Cooper Olson - earned the victory.