Engineer Explorers

Engineering Explorers, sponsored by Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training in Owego, NY, has been meeting since March 1998. Our meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month during the school year from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Meetings start the fourth Tuesday in October and go through May. Weather closings based on Owego-Apalachin School District. Announcements sent via email and on News Channel 34, WBNG-TV, 105.7 and 102.1 FM.

The Owego Engineering Explorers is a coed program open to all high school age students. This program stresses career, leadership, service, and social development skills by providing a program where the members obtain a basic understanding of career opportunities in engineering, science and business through a program of hands-on projects, facility tours, guest speakers and discussions.

Example of a past project: Robotics

Explorers The project was to design, prototype and build a Robo-Mini Golf course. Over thirty students from nearly a dozen local school districts across the Twin Tiers participated in this year’s program. The design process began with students working in small teams to establish a schedule, define program milestones and research ideas for golf hole obstacles and robot designs. The teams created a prototype of their course design and presented their ideas to the other teams prior to designing their team robot.

Once given a pre-defined budget and specific requirements, the teams began designing their golf hole and robot using a list of available materials and various robot parts. Prior to the purchase of any materials, every team was required to present their design to a member of the Advising Team to verify all safety and design requirements were met.

At the end of the year, the teams competed with one another by running their robot on each of the mini golf holes in a timed competition. The winning team won free play passes to the new mini golf course, Chuckster's, on Route 434 in Vestal, NY.



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2008/2009: Rube Goldbergs Rube Goldberg Project

The students worked in small teams to establish a schedule, define program milestones and research ideas for mechanical, electrical and other types of reactions. At the end of the year, the teams assembled their Rube Goldberg devices in line with one another for a multi-system start to finish display.
2007/2008: Hovercrafts Hovercraft Project

The design process began with students working in small teams to study the science behind a hovercraft and develop remote-controlled prototypes. After a number of tests with multiple prototypes, the teams worked together to design and build eight full-scale hovercrafts.
2006/2007: Trebuchets Trebuchet Project

Each student studied the physics of a trebuchet, beginning with a computer simulation and miniature prototypes. After a number of tests using the prototypes, five teams were formed and each team was tasked with developing a full-scale trebuchet using a number of specific design requirements.
2005/2006: Robotics Path Following Robotics Project

The goal was building Robots using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Robotics Invention System. Four teams designed and competed with robots that were capable of following a line and passing infrared signals to one another.
2004/2005: Telescopes Telescope Project

The Explorer's spent many nights in the model shop/manufacturing area in building 001. We were constructing three reflector telescopes and more than a dozen small refractor telescopes.
2003/2004: Airplanes Airplane Building Project

We had four teams of Explorers building four planes with assistance from our Advisors, Rick Curtis and Rodger Fritz. We also received assistance from volunteers of LMSI - Owego and from the Aeroguidance Society, a local organization that specializes in building and flying remote-controlled airplanes.
2002/2003: Robotics LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Project

The project was the LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Robotics Invention System. We had four teams that competed for the best design and working model.
2001/2002: JAVA Programming Software Engineering Project

The explorers learned about Object Oriented (OO) methods and the JAVA programming language. The skills were used to develop internet hosted applications. The application was a hangman game (the familiar game where the player tries to guess all the letters in a secret word before his wrong guesses hang a man). After designing and analyzing the application, groups/individuals developed individual programming objects that were integrated to provide a working game. Time expired before we were able to enhance the game with scoring features and selectable options. We had a demo on software systems based on genetic algorithms that learn (artificial intelligence) that we could build upon to design software "robots" that play the game and compete against each other.
2000/2001: FM Radio Receiver Wireless Communication Project

For the 2000-2001 season teams worked with radio and wireless communications. The project was building an FM radio receiver, starting with basic components, soldering the wires, testing and integrating the components to receive a live radio signal.
1999/2000: Robotics Robotic Soccer Project

In 1999-2000, we experimented with robots, using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Robotics Invention System.

We were inspired by the Cornell Robotics Soccer Team during our visit to Cornell University.
1998/1999: Airplanes RC Airplane Project

The project for 1999-2000 was building remote controlled airplanes. We used this project to develop many skills involved in engineering, science and business.
1997/1998: Website Website Project

The first project in 1998 was building a Web site, which was the precursor to this web site.


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