Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
When I step into the Engineering and Architectural Design room, I am greeted by the teacher, Mr. Duffy, as well as my classmate Jackson Dwyer. We sit down and read the Valley News in order to catch up on the events of the day. Once we have read all of the interesting news articles and I have solved the Jumble, we get right to work. I am in the middle of working on a hexagonal picture frame, which I am designing in Solidworks. Solidworks is the program that Jackson and I use to model both real things and designs that we have sketched out. Mr. Duffy had Jackson and I design a speaker to learn about acoustics, so we both used Solidworks to create a model of a driver in order to design a speaker. We both built working models of the design that we made in Solidworks. We have also made a trebuchet in Solidworks, which we each made a working copy of. We both competed against each other to throw a softball to hit the others trebuchet. I am glad that I chose EAD as my tech program, because it is fun, interesting, and a good learning experience.
Every morning I walk into the Engineering and Architectural Design room I pick up a newspaper and wait for my classmate Alex Brueckner. As we read the paper we talk about our weekends and how we have been. After I finish reading the paper I work on my weekly sketches, this week’s sketch is an airplane design that I will use as my senior project. Our senior project can be anything we want but we have to have a model and a write up. To help with the modeling we use a CAD program called Solidworks. We use Solidworks for all projects. Our last project was to design and build a trebuchet. My trebuchet threw around 90 feet. I think I made a good choice with my tech program because it is hands on, there is a lot of building and it will help with my career choice.