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Engineering students gain hands-on experience

Hagerstown Community College engineering students recently tested waterwheels they built for the Introduction to Engineering course. The students worked in teams of four and were responsible for developing a waterwheel that would lift a minimum of 100 grams a minimum distance of 10 cm. The waterwheel had maximum dimensions of 53 cm x 40 cm x 35 cm tall. The only power source they could use was 1.4 liters of water. The students developed mathematical models to predict how much mass they could lift and how high they could lift it based on their design.

The Introduction to Engineering course at HCC is fully approved for transfer credit with the Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park and the School of Engineering at UMBC. Please contact Tanya Mayer at mayert@hagerstowncc.edu, or call 301-790-2800, ext. 202, for more details.