A digital electronics class at La Crosse’s Logan High School is ditching the textbooks and moving straight to the real deal. The students spent all year working on a challenging project that can be now be put to use in the manufacturing industry. Fox 25/48’s Erin O’Brien explains more about the project and how it’s inspiring future engineers.
Sparks were flying in the classroom today at Logan High School as students in the digital electronics class showed off the final results of their year-long project.
It’s a repetitive work exo-skeleton, meaning it’s a special tool a worker could hold on to while performing a grinding job. It takes the load off that worker, which could prevent work injuries and make them more effective.
“There are a number of companies worldwide that make similar things so this is very current technology and they have a couple innovate things they’ve added to it so it’s really a unique device and as you see in the demonstration quite effective and easy to use.”
The class partnered with several local engineering companies for guidance from professionals. A grant from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation funded the project.
The digital electronics class here at Logan High School partners with a local company each year to build some kind of technology related project. For example, last year the class designed a self-driving vehicle with the help of Trane.
The students say they learned engineering and manufacturing skills.
“I learned how to weld aluminum, I learned different angles, how I needed to make the braces and different structural pieces.”
But their teacher says they learned much more.
“It challenges them to adapt, to help stay within budgets, they have to stay within a timeline. In other words I think it helps them persevere which is one of those life skills that will help them in the future.”
In La Crosse, Erin O’Brien, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.