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Engineering Academy discusses projects at Trussville Rotary

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Rotary Daybreak Club last week heard from Hewitt-Trussville High School’s Engineering Academy.

Students shared with Rotarians information about two of their recent projects. One involved researching temperature differentials to design a project to be able to charge cell phones through a helmet using body heat exerted while, for example, climbing a mountain, a situation that currently wouldn’t allow such a task.

From left are Chris Bond, Callie Olszak, Amber Gibson, Dalton Smith, Isaac Searcy, Luc Riddle and Rotary Club President Alan Taylor.
photo by Diane Poole

Another project – one futuristic in nature – involved the creation of a cane for those with disabilities. The cane would read bar codes in flooring to assist people in finding their way around. Unlike some devices that would make a noise, the cane would vibrate to direct its user, so as not to attract unnecessary attention.

The Engineering Academy is under the direction of Jason Dooley and Chris Bond.

“Engineering teaches kids to think, even if they don’t become engineers,” Bond said.

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