Engineering Blog

School of Environmental Leadership

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Lots of Learning!

On the first day of school, I came into this class not knowing how to feel about it. I had heard countless praises from the previous junior classes regarding how great it was and how amazing Ms. Oropallo was. I had never been a part of anything relating to engineering whatsoever and I was uneasy about the tools and large machines I saw before me as I walked through the...

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The Bigger Picture

At the beginning of this year I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew that we would obviously be designing and constructing chicken coops, but I did not know how that would turn out. Honestly I thought I might end up with less fingers at the end of the year if I decided to try using the terrifying looking tools in the shop. Fortunately this did not happen and...

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Uh guys… our coop is 7ft tall

The idea behind my groups coop was to make it as “modern” as possible. By modern we totally meant 7 ft tall right? Flashback to the model stage. Each group was tasked to complete a realistic model of their coop. Because my groups model did not look big at the time, we were confident in our design. We then began the building process. We got off to a hot start,...

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Build Like a Girl

Going into this class I knew it would be like no other class I had ever taken. I came in with a confidence that Ms.Oropallo would do an outstanding job teaching us not only how to build, but also how to go outside our comfort zones. And we for sure achieved both. At the end of a long day, from history to math, engineering was the shining light at the...

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Comprehensive and Educational

Although many dismiss engineering class as “non educational” or “lacking rigor”, the actuality is quite the opposite. Unlike traditional subjects such as math, science, or history, engineering class with Ms. Oropallo uniquely and undisputedly gives us physical skills which will directly benefit us in the terrifying land of “real world”. I remember first stepping foot into the engineering room, glancing with terror at the huge machines which could remove any...

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Forever Learner

I first discovered engineering in my Kindergarten class. My teacher had a small tool station and parents or teachers would drop off old and broken electronics or appliances. My dad and I always arrived early because he worked at my school, so I would have the tool bench to myself to explore the tools and machinery. My love only grew through the years as some of my best friends came...

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The Darn Egg Box

Preface: Our chicken coop is called the coop and has been designed by the dream team, the Three Golden Eggs. Nathan so elegantly named himself the Best Egg, I deemed myself the Golden Egg, and Georgina so accurately named herself the Rotten Egg. On Friday we build the egg box. Now, this egg box was originally going to sit inside our coop and house four nesting boxes for the four...

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You measure, I’ll cut.

I remember when I shadowed the MarinSEL program, about three years ago. I sat in a chair for the majority of that day in a class I do not remember, listening to a lecture I cannot recall, while my mind wandered about what it must be like to be a “highschooler.” But when I got to the Engineering class at the end, I was blown away. There were people cutting...