By Bill Hand
Havelock (Sun Journal) — They built cranes and lifted cows from roofs. They programmed robots to follow mazes. They raced cars and held tractor pulls. They even designed an artificial heart valve — though we’d advise heart patients not to have them installed.
The 11th Annual Engineering Camp spent Thursday with 58 middle school engineers fine-tuning the creations they’d spent Monday through Wednesday developing, then threw many of their creations into competitions at the end of the day.
The camp, at the Havelock Craven Community College campus, is sponsored by the college, Cherry Point, and North Carolina State University. Bill Fortney, an N.C. State professor who works at the site, oversaw the camp.
The students were challenged to work together to design a heart valve made from PVC pipe and couplings, a simple model car that ran on batteries, a pneumatic crane and a speaker. They also programmed robots to run obstacle course.
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