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Students' skills take flight at Tech Day



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Andrew Jorgensen, Reagan Thole and Brenton Villeneuve made a catapult. (click for larger version)
November 10, 2010 - Clarkston High School students rushed to get the materials for their challenge.

Ideas were forming in their minds quickly and they only had 15 minutes to complete their assignment with the few materials they had on hand.

They participated in CSMTech's Technology Day and they participated in four challenges. To get to the end result they had to go through a technical process.

Their tasks - build a tower out of straws and make it sturdy to hold a tennis or golf ball; build the tallest tower out of balloons and not have it fall over; play a card game called 24 - or go fish 24; score the most points using a catapult and tennis balls; and build a device to hold an egg and have it survive a drop.

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Dan Agnew already knew some of the techniques he used during the day but found the challenges useful anyway.

"It has helped a lot with the ability to build and use technology," he admitted.

His team came up with an idea to use a head of a lacrosse stick for their catapult to cradle the ball before they fired it for points.

Andrew Jorgensen, Brenton Villeneuve, and Reagan Thole used bungee cords and a sling shot to win the catapult challenge with 650 points.

They also created a parachute for their egg so it would drop down slowly to the ground and it wouldn't break.

"We go for points in style," Thole joked as they showed off their catapult.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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