Mechanical Engineering Lab Pt. 2 and Computer Science Lab, October 18, 2014

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Access Engineering’s lesson on Saturday, October 18th built on last week’s mechanical engineering lab and introduced the fundamentals of computer science. During the three hour session, the second of eight lessons this semester, students were split into two sections. The first used the catapult arms the students designed and 3D-printed last week. The students finalized and constructed their catapult designs before engaging in a friendly competition considering design, distance shot and weight of the catapult construction. After a morning learning about mechanical engineering in the catapult design competition, we engaged students with an introduction to the Java programming language. The students learned about basic data types, variables and Boolean logic. Continuing next week, students will begin to develop and write basic coding applications, continuing with our theme of computer science.Here are the results from last week’s catapult competition:

Section 1:

Group Distance Mass (lb)
No Pressure 1 .36
I don’t know 2 .20
Surrender 3 .12
21 3 .22
Section 2:
Group Distance Ranking Mass (lb)
N.E.R.D.S. 1 .18
Chipotle 2 .22
Underachievers 3 .42
No Pressure 4 .36
The Untouchables 5 .12
Mario Bros 6 .20
Flawless 7 .22
Surrender 8 .12
IDK 8 .20
21 8 .22