The SPX Math Department was extremely fortunate to receive a donation for the creation of a STEM lab this year. As a result of this new facility, a new class, Introduction to Engineering, is being offered in the fall 2016. This year long class will be open to all SPX students. The class will emphasize the engineering design process, team building, project management and project presentation and fabrication.
We will have a first rate lab for the students to work on developing and producing their designs. The lab will consist of a 3d printer, acrylic bender, foam cutter, wind tunnel, drill press, band saw, belt/disc grinder, metal lathe, metal milling machine, laser cutter, plasma cutter, mig welder, and all of the associated hand tools and supporting equipment! This equipment will be ordered and installed during the spring semester and will be ready to go by August 2016. All of the safety and operational protocols will be in place by then.
Solid Works will be the design language utilized in this course. This language is used throughout college engineering programs and industries as the language of choice for design. This is truly an incredible opportunity for your child who may be interested in engineering as a career.
The foam cutter, wind tunnel, and metal milling machine were donated to St. Pius by Intel. The students will be working in collaboration with Intel employees, on learning and utilizing the engineering process. Part of the course will be to come up with a design and prototype of an actual Intel project that will be given to the engineering class to solve. The students will present their solutions to Intel utilizing engineering presentation techniques with the possibility of their design being used as the actual solution.
THIS IS GOING TO BE COOL!