December 2021 Newsletter

Topics of Interest for Readers

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Read about the 2022-2023 Academic Year Application process. Applications will continue to be accepted until all spots are filled!
Read about Christel House Watanabe Manual High School and their 3D printed hall pass design challenge!
Hear about an e4usa alum's experiences in his first semester of undergrad at UMD: College Park! 
Read about an e4usa classroom's experiences made possible by their university liaison at Duke University!
Applications for 2022-2023 Academic Year Open!
What is e4usa? Hear from students and see their engineering design solutions being created in the classroom for their communities!
The national e4usa team is pleased to announce that it is accepting high school applications for participation in the 2022-23 academic year. Please note that in order to apply, an application must be submitted by the high school teacher who is likely to teach this course, as well as an appropriate high school administrator who would likely provide support for this course. A link to these applications can be found by clicking here for teachers and here for administrators. Applications will continue to be accepted until all spots are filled; please note that final selection will be conditional on receipt of Institutional Review Board approval within each school or school district.
"e4usa has found a way to make engineering more engaging and practical to high school students. If this continues, then the world may have more engineers, which in turn can lead to greater innovation in our community."

-John Papagiannopoulos
e4usa Alum, Richard Montgomery High School (Rockville, MD)
University of Maryland: College Park, Computer Engineering Major

e4usa Design Challenge: 3D Printed Hall Passes

Christel House Watanabe High School, Indianapolis, IN
For the last four weeks, e4usa students at Christel House Watanabe High School, an Indiana charter school, have been using the school staff as their clients and have gone through a design challenge where they were tasked to create from scratch a 3D printed pass to use throughout our K-12 school. The staff voted on these throughout the week; the winning group, pictured above, received $100. Following completion of voting, the class is taking orders and turning our 3D Printing lab into a mass production facility and fulfilling the teachers orders. Teachers may request any of the designs presented as options, not just the winning design. Each group went through a process...Brainstorming and ideation on the large pad, isometric drawings with measurements of their idea, CAD drawings of their designs, multiple prototypes that were stress-tested, and finally the finished product. 

e4usa teacher Scott Dooley and e4usa University Liaison Dr. John Somers have been working closely all semester. Dr. Somers was present during the brainstorming/ideation phase and continues to be in frequent contact with and supporting team member for the e4usa classroom. 
Hear from an e4usa Alum at UMD College Park!
Name: John Papagiannopoulos
e4usa High School: Richard Montgomery High School
College: University of Maryland: College Park
Intended major: Computer Engineering

What about your perspective of engineering changed with your e4usa course? 
e4usa helped me understand that there is a process, and that not every design will work on the first attempt, and that's okay. The e4usa course was definitely challenging at times, but when you finally complete a task that you have been working towards, it is a very satisfying and rewarding feeling. The questions that follow are then: what now? How can I improve this design?

How did your e4usa course help set you up for success in your current college courses as an individual? 
Despite being virtual, e4usa definitely emphasized the importance of working on a team, and the value it can bring to a project. When done right, working in teams with subdivisions can be very productive, [as] opposed to just doing everything by yourself. This has definitely held true in most of my classes, particularly ENES100. The team “keeps you in gear” and ensures that the project gets delivered.
Read More from John!

e4usa Teacher Meets Duke University Liaison

e4usa teacher Doug Roberson was able to visit his university liaison at Duke’s SMIF (Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility) group. Students were able to see the large microscopes over live stream. Mr. Roberson visited Duke in person, delivering samples for the lab to scan with the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and then the students received the SEM images of their samples. One of these SEM images included above, of a Snickers bar. Other scans included spaghetti, bark, and crayon.

Pictured Above:
  • Doug Roberson (e4usa teacher at Oxford Preparatory Academy, a North Carolina Charter School) and Dr. Holly Leddy (e4usa University Liaison at Duke University) with the Scanning Electron Microscope used
  • Image scanned by Scanning Electron Microscope of a Snickers bar for e4usa classroom
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