ALC Engineering Feat - Geodesic Dome Construction

Submitted by amy.ewell on Fri, 09/10/2021 - 16:01
 Geodesic Dome Construction made by ALC students
Advanced Learning Center students building a geodesic dome

I DOME CARE - I LOVE IT!  Mr. Barlow's Engineering classes learned about geodesic domes and structural engineering today at the ALC.  This activity shows how paper built into a dome can create a strong structure that can carry heavy weights.  This dome held 15 lbs in the center!

The ALC offers several exciting engineering courses including:

ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES 1 - HIGH SCHOOL COURSE  - Semester

The 1st in a sequence of “hands-on” courses that tie observations & concepts common to a variety of different engineering disciplines in order to develop a better understanding of basic math & science principles used in engineering. Utilizing problem-solving skills in a laboratory environment, students develop skills & attitudes that impact & expand occupational opportunities in engineering. Projects include designing, building & testing balsa wood bridges, catapults, ballistas, trebuchets, mousetrap cars, Rube Goldberg machines, maglev trains, video games, electrical gadgets & prosthetic arms.

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN - CE UVU (EGDT 1040) - HIGH SCHOOL COURSE - Full Year

Students are taught the engineering design process, research & analysis, teamwork, communication methods, & engineering standards for technical documentation.  Students will employ engineering & scientific concepts while finding solutions for engineering design problems.  Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) & 3D Solid Modeling software will aid students in the design process.  Projects include laser-cut lamps, miniature catapults, puzzle cubes, Automoblox cars, crank toys, & 3D-printed objects.

ENGINEERING CAPSTONE - HIGH SCHOOL COURSE  - Semester/Full Year

In this capstone course, students will work in teams to develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. They will research, validate, & justify a technical problem. Each team will design, build, & test their solution. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with experts & will continually hone their organizational, communication & interpersonal skills, their creative & problem-solving abilities, & their understanding of the design process. Finally, student teams will present & defend their original solution to an outside panel.