HCC High Technology Center Open House Showcases Manufacturing
As part of Manufacturing Awareness Week, Haywood Community College held an Open House at the Regional High Technology Center. Labs were in full swing with demonstrations going on and industry representatives in attendance. But a favorite draw for most attendees was the showcase of student projects.
The Marble Run is a complex form a kinetic art made by students in Jim Falbo’s Electronic Engineering classes. It took 5 classes of more than 20 students 4 weeks to complete the project. The run was made almost completely from recycled parts.
“Students started talking about the project and we saw these two aluminum tables that were headed for the trash,” Falbo says. “The idea came that the tables were going to be used for the frame. The students are already talking about adding to the run, maybe putting in a robotic arm.”
Falbo says the Marble Run mimics an automated crane used in factories. “Through this project, the students had a dual purpose-to show off what they’ve learned and to practice troubleshooting, which is a big part of jobs in this field. It turned out so well that I’m planning to incorporate this project into the curriculum.”
Through the recent Open House, participants were able to learn more about careers in the advanced manufacturing field. In addition, seeing student projects such as the Marble Run demonstrated the innovative yet fun aspects of the opportunities that exist. The Marble Run will be on display in the Regional High Technology Center lobby.
For more information about HCC’s Advanced Technology programs, please call 627-4632.