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Continued: Hands-on engineering education in Chaska

  • Article by: PATRICE RELERFORD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 12, 2007 - 10:07 AM

One of those projects involves disassembling a common item -- Seiffert's group chose a fan; another picked a fishing rod -- and developing a plan to re-engineer it based on principles they've learned in class.

Jacobs said students from another class will make a movable marble-sorting device as their final project. They'll work independently on the machine and check in with him periodically, as they would in a college course.

"It's a well-done program," Jacobs said. "My goal is to cover each of those lessons with depth so that they're prepared when they come to the final project."

Last year more than 40 Chaska students passed the exams required for college credit. The tests were prepared by the University of Minnesota.

"The carrot is college credit," Jacobs said. "But a big part of it is getting them excited about doing this."

Patrice Relerford • 612-673-4395

Patrice Relerford • prelerford@startribune.com

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