FUN TO BUILD AND FLY (SORT OF)
helicopters in school? Really? Well, they were actually model
helicopters, built in less than 30 minutes with the help of some
volunteers from Boeing Canada.
A group of company employees dropped by the school
for a short presentation on Boeing’s design and manufacturing
processes and to show students some of the company’s creations.
“Hopefully by the end of the session kids will be excited about math
and science and engineering,” said Travis Bartlett, one of the
talked about the “brain” of an engineer and how it operates and the
type of analytical thinking that is required of engineers during the
design process when challenges surface.
“Finding solutions is about chasing down problems
until you’ve got the solution” said another one of the volunteers.
Following the presentation, they provided materials
that enable students to participate in a design and build-it
were asked to create a functional helicopter capable of keeping a
penny in flight for at least three seconds. Students were given
paper, a paper clip, propeller, rubber band and tape.
celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and the school visits
help mark the celebration.
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