Experiential Learning Faculty and Students Mentor East Chicago High School Students
Purdue University Calumet Faculty and students in experiential learning courses in engineering are mentoring students at East Chicago Central High School, East Chicago, IN. Professor Harvey Abramowitz and Rick Rickerson, Mechanical & Manufacturing Laboratory Specialist, of PUC, along with their experiential learning students, are assisting EC High School pre-engineering students as they endeavor to construct a moonbuggy to compete in the annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. Purdue Calumet has competed yearly in this event, which accepts contestants in both high school and college categories.
DeAndre Hudson, teacher at EC High School, sought out this collaboration after viewing the senior engineering design projects at PUC with his students in 2009. To help jump-start their moonbuggy project, the PUC department of engineering donated the chassis of a previous moonbuggy to the EC High School students, with PUC Faculty and students offering advice and ideas for completion.
Representatives from NASA coordinated a press visit to view EC’s moonbuggy progress and invited PUC to participate and show their moonbuggy as well. PUC will have two groups participating in the 17th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race, which takes place April 9-10, 2010, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the US Space and Rocket Center.
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