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    College Credit for Engineering at Copley High School


    The Ohio Board of Regents has partnered with Copley High School and Engineering Instructor Mr. Harder to offer free college credit to students who complete a one year engineering program at the High School.  This program is the first of its kind, a pilot, for a non-career technical public high school program.  


    After students complete a successful year in the Engineering and Design Class, offered by Mr. Harder, they will need to complete a knowledge and skills test and then fill out the appropriate paperwork.  Once students complete the test and paperwork, they will receive credit which in turn can be used as course credit at a large number of colleges and technical schools.  The students will also complete 1 fine art or 1 technology credit, which will fulfill their high school graduation requirements.  One may find a list of schools where the credit will be accepted at https://student-transfer.ohiohighered.org:  Select High School > Career-Technical Credit, then fill in steps 1 and 2, and then select Search.  However, the list will not be available until the start of the 2013-14 school year.


    In the Engineering and Design Class, students become adept at reading and understanding engineering concepts, drawings, and how to complete the design process.  In the past, students who have completed this course at Copley High School have reported back to the instructor, Mr. Harder:  “I had a leg up on my competition,”  “The stuff we did in high school was harder than in college; I was always ahead.”  This new program will offer students the opportunity to discover if they would like to enter the field of engineering, architecture, or technology while simultaneously earning college credit.  Having this solid background in engineering along with receiving college credit will give students an advantage as they begin college.

     
    Past Engineering Competitions / Awards
     
     

    Awards 2015-16

    • 4th Place National SourceAmerica Engineering and Design Challenge

    • 1st Place Open Class Car Design - All American Soap Box Derby, STEM Competition

    • 2nd Place Super Stock - All American Soap Box Derby

    • 1st Place KidWind Online Turbine Challenge

    • 1st Place State level KidWind Challenge

    • 2nd Place State level KidWind Challenge

    Awards 2014-15

    • 1st Place National SourceAmerica Engineering and Design Challenge 2015

    • 1st Place Open Class Car Design - All American Soap Box Derby, STEM Competition

    • 1st Place KidWind Online Turbine Challenge

    Awards 2013-14

    • 1st Place National KidWind Challenge - Set KidWind World Record

    • 1st Place State level KidWind Challenge

    • 2nd Place State level KidWind Challenge
     
     See below for pictures and video.......
     
     SourceAmerica Design Challenge
     
    2016-17 - 2 Teams (Only 5 Selected from across the Nation)
     
    Copley Engineering - 2017 Finalist
     
     
    Copley Innovators 2017 - Finalist
     
     
     
    2015-16 Team
    Copley Engineering - 4th Place National Design Champion 
     
     
    2014-15 Team
    Copley Engineering - 1st Place National Design Champions 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    STEM - SoapBox Derby Engineering Competition 2014-16

     

    Ghostbusters Car 2016 - 1st Place Open Class Car Design and Fabrication.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Mystery Machine 2015 - 1st Place Open Class Car Design and Fabrication.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    KidWind Challenge 2015-16
     

    Sophomores Craig Smith and Brendan Slazinski--who are students In Mr. Harder’s Engineering and Design class--designed, built, and tested a small scale wind turbine and won March’s online KidWind Challenge.  Their turbine, named Epic Win.D, took a lot of work in and outside of class.  First, Smith and Slazinski got together to brainstorm and sketch out the design of the wind turbine that they would build.  Second, they scrounged for parts around their house and at school.  Third, they built the wind turbine according to their prints.  Finally, they extensively tested their design documenting Turbine Performance.


    The Performance of the wind turbine was calculated using various formulas and testing equipment.  Smith and Slazinski’s winning turbine had a total of 5 blades, created 5.83 volts and was 2.49% efficient.  This output was especially good since their turbine was scratch built from legos, PVC pipe and plywood. 
     
     OnLine Winner
     
    KidWind Challenge 2014-15

    Copley High School Students Blow Away the Competition at National KidWind Turbine Contest in Washington, D.C.

     



            KidWind 1st Place
     

    On Saturday, April 26, 2014 the Copley High School Blade Runners won the National KidWind Turbine competition held in Washington D.C. at the USA Science & Engineering Festival.  Led by CHS Engineering and Technology teacher Mr. Kirby Harder, students Katie Casida, Chav Maharaj, Peyton Flasco, Ben Evankovich, Thomas Kimmons, Collin Miller and Josh Meyers set a world record for the highest wind turbine output ever recorded at a KidWind Competition.  The old world record was 118 Joules and the CHS students raised the bar to 153.4 Joules.  This is enough energy to charge approximately 20 cell phones simultaneously. 

    The Blade Runners, assisted by CHS students Chris Dugan and Joe Ozaki, worked for several months on the design, construction, documentation and testing of a small scale wind turbine. They used their research findings to engineer and design a 3D model of a small wind turbine for the KidWind Competition, using SolidWorks, a 3D modeling software program. The team created several blades from different materials, including plastic blades made on one of the Engineering class’s 3D printers and other blades that were sculpted from wood and PVC.  The students spent hours testing the various blade types and gear ratios, refining their designs for the optimum output.  All these parts were original designs and hand fabricated by students using traditional and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) equipment.  The final design led to an environmental friendly, fully recyclable wind turbine that could be used in many settings. 

     

    Since the National competition was held in Washington, D.C., the students had to refine their design so the turbine could be completely collapsible, lightweight, and fit into a suitcase, and then reassembled at the competition.  Their collapsible and portable wind turbine design could be used in 3rd world countries to run laptops, cell phones, or medical equipment. 

    As well as being the top high school team in the nation and setting a world record, the students also raised over $2,400.00 to help support their trip to Washington, D.C.  Along with the ComTech class, they filmed, edited and distributed DVDs of various district concerts and events as well as partnered with Chipotle in a fundraiser.  The fundraising success would not have been made possible without the support of the Copley-Fairlawn parents, community, the Fairlawn Chipotle restaurant, and the research and organization efforts of CHS Media Coordinator, Mrs. Fiona Casida.  Congratulations to the Engineering and Design class students, the Technology Club, and teacher and advisor, Mr. Kirby Harder.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     Kid Wind Challenge
     

    Engineering and Design Students Win State Awards for Wind Turbine Design, Construction and Power Output

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    On Saturday, March 23, the Engineering and Design class entered two teams into the Kidwind turbine challenge held at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.  The students’ hard work during class, lunch, after school and during weekly Wednesday evening Technology Club meetings paid off with winning results.  Team one, consisting of lead engineer Rachel Hopkins, Dimitri Karakis, Ben Evankovich, Katie Casida, and John Hawkins took first place overall, winning two trophies and 175 dollars.  The team took first place in the power output category by generating forty-seven thousand milliwatts per minute. This is enough to charge six cell phones simultaneously. They also received the Judges choice award for outstanding performance, knowledge, and documentation.  Team two, consisting of Alex Klimo, Thomas Kimmins, Jose Suarez, and Chris Dugan came in second place winning a trophy and 75 dollars. The team came in second for power output as well, generating forty-three thousand milliwatts per minute.

     

    Both teams worked for two months on the research and development of the most effective wind turbine design.  The teams used their research findings to design the turbine and housing in SolidWorks, a CAD software program. Each team created several blades from different materials, including plastic blades made on one of the Engineering class’s 3D printers and other blades that were sculpted from wood.  The students spent hours testing the various blades and refining their designs for the optimum output.  The environmental impact of their designs was also researched, and although their turbines had the most output in the competition, the noise of the turbines was minimal.

     

    Because of their success at the state level, both teams were entered into the National  Online Competition and are awaiting favorable results.  Their trophies are displayed in the window of the Engineering and Design classroom.  Next year, the teams hope to compete in a National Competition that will be held in Washington D.C.  Congratulations to the Engineering and Design class students, the Technology Club, and teacher and advisor, Mr. Kirby Harder.

     
     2   Team 1 Testing their Design.
     
     
     
Last Modified on April 7, 2018