Georgia Tech Savannah Hosts Hydraulics and Rapid Prototyping Workshops for Engineering Explorers

Georgia Tech Savannah was the site of the December and January Engineering Explorer Post meetings, with 11th and 12th graders from both the Thomas & Hutton Explorer Post and the Hussey Gay Bell and DeYoung Explorer Post participating in these workshops. On Wednesday, December 8, 2010, the Engineering Explorer Post students spent the morning conducting a Hydraulics experiment under the guidance and direction of Kevin Haas, Ph.D., civil and environmental engineer. Using an open channel flume, the students calculated weir flow rates using a manometer. This activity gave students the opportunity to participate in the type of hands-on lessons experienced by engineering students at Georgia Tech Savannah.

Then on Thursday, January 27, 2011 the Engineering Explorers attended a Rapid Prototyping and 3-D Cad event at Georgia Tech Savannah, instructed by Georgia Tech Savannah graduate student, Thomas Stone. Under Mr. Stone’s tutelage, the students learned how to use Solid Works software to create a Computer Assisted Design Model. Each student created their own design that was then transferred to a 3-D Printer to create a solid prototype. Special thanks are extended to Julie Sonnenberg-Klein, Project Coordinator for Georgia Tech Savannah and to Kevin Haas, Ph.D., and Thomas Stone, for conducting these workshops with the Engineering Explorer Post students.

Exploring, a subsidiary of Boy Scouts of America, strives to be the foremost co-educational youth program for character and career development. For a gallery of local Learning for Life and Exploring photos, visit:

The Georgia Institute of Technology, also know as Georgia Tech, is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked the 10th best engineering and information technology university in the world by the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings and seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities, Georgia Tech has more than 20,000 students and is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Georgia Tech Savannah campus offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.

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