Our Senior Project Fair continues tonight at 6-- earlier today, participating seniors had the opportunity to present their projects to their classmates. During the event, two of our seniors answered the question some of you may have on your mind: What is the Senior Project? Their response and a look at some of this year's projects in the attached video!
The Class of 2015 presented their Senior Projects on Thursday, May 28, during an event held in the school's gymnasium.
The Senior Project allows Tri-County students to combine their vocational technical skills with their academic curriculum to demonstrate their knowledge in real world applications.
Students are introduced to the Senior Project during their sophomore year. During their junior year, the students must identify a topic of focus. The topic must focus on some aspect of the student’s Career Program beyond the scope of the vocational curriculum. Once the topic is selected, the students work with their English teacher to complete a research paper. By the end of their junior year, the students must identify and create a product relevant to the topic they’ve selected. Seniors must complete their product and prepare to present it to a review panel.
The students who scored the highest on their Senior Project presentation are selected to participate in the Senior Project Fair. During the first part of the fair, participants present their products to their classmates. Later in the day, the students must present their products to other members of the community.
VIDEO: Tri-County students run experiment on Zero-Gravity plane
Tri-County Engineering students Keith Hoell, of Millis, and Carlton Perkins, of Medway, had the opportunity to test a device they designed as part of the HUNCH program on board a Zero-Gravity plane.
HUNCH, High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware, posted a video on May 26 of the students running their experiment. They can be seen running their experiment about 1 minute and 39 seconds into the video.
Five students in the Engineering Technology Program at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School traveled to Houston on Thursday, April 23, to present and test the device at Johnson Space Center and Ellington Field. Juniors Kevin Kohls, of Millis, Tyler Thomas, of North Attleborough, and Thomas Vagnini, of Medfield, were also part of the group that traveled to Houston for HUNCH Flight Week. Only those team members who were 18 years of age or older were allowed to fly on the Zero-Gravity plane.
Students in the Engineering program spent three years developing their device, which can measure the mass of objects that weigh less than ten pounds in a micro gravity environment. During the 2014-2015 school year, the students upgraded the device’s frame and the technology used to gather results.
Tri-County has participated in HUNCH for four years. The students apply their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education to fabricating materials and experiments for use on the International Space Station. HUNCH promotes student interest in STEM by allowing them to become professional researchers. While inspiring the next generation of scientists, NASA is also receiving cost-effective hardware.
NASA began HUNCH 12 years ago with schools in Texas, and later expanded to some schools in the Midwest. In 2011, they added a school from the Northeast. NASA enlisted the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to identify the school, and they recommended Tri-County.