Students from Matthew Halton High School (MHHS) took part in Experiential Learning Week (ELW) from Monday, October 19 - 23. The students took a single immersive class in a option of their choice that they were then enrolled in for the duration of the week.
Toni Lucas - What do kitchen chairs, a wheelbarrow, bicycle handle bars, and an chunk of old wire fencing have in common? They were all used as parts for this years ELW Junkyard War Soapbox Derby. Mechanics Teacher Travis Epp took the students to a scrap yard in Fort MacLeod to find parts for their DIY projects. A total of 23 students were split into 8 teams to make non-motorized gravity driven vehicles which had to include steering and brakes. The students had to envision, design, assemble, weld and create their vehicles. Then they had to ride them past the finish line.
|Lloyd Lybbert's run began well but ended in a wreck|
The machines that made it through the first few runs got to go to the top of the hill for a run. Cade Ames recorded his journey for posterity, and was kind enough to share his trip down the hill (see above video). He was not the only ones recording the event. Pincher Creek Bylaw officers came and recorded the speed of some of the runs. Epp said the team with the fastest time was AB Thunderstruck, AKA Jack Mitchell, Merrick Stauffer and Travis Dyer, who were clocked at 42 kilometres per hour. These three had the drive to continue to soup up their buggy even after the race was done, fixing some welds that did not hold. You were right about the welds, Mr. Epp!
|Thunderstruck's go-cart takes the hill|
|Team Thunderstruck - Merrick Stauffer, Travis Dyer, Jack Mitchell|