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Students Engineer Cardboard Safes

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Students taking principles of engineering at Ward Melville High School with Mr. Steve Rogers completed their first project of the year, a cardboard safe. Students were challenged with building a locking safe, made almost entirely out of cardboard with some minor parts fabricated out of plywood or 3D printed materials.

Each safe had to have at least one method of security to prevent the door from opening. Students came up with combination lock-style mechanisms that utilized three numbers to open the door and allow access. Some students took things a step further and had multiple methods of security including magnets or physical keys to open their safes, as well as interior lighting and alarm systems.

The project started at the beginning of the year with students researching designs. They then used AutoCAD, a computer design software, to draw all the necessary parts. Using the CNC laser cutting machine, students accurately cut the parts and assembled their safes.

From start to finish, students were engaged in hands-on learning. Mr. Rogers says it was a difficult project to kick off the year, but students persevered.

“All students came up with great ideas and were successful,” he said. “Needless to say, I am very proud of our future engineers. Congratulations on a job well done.”

Date Added: 12/5/2022