A typical week | History | Exciting things to read | Engineering Process | Notable Projects | Other things you should know | Closing words

Newcomers are sometimes puzzled about what we do in Engineering Club... To help you understand everything we do in Engineering Club, I'll take a point of view of a typical Engineering Club member, Bob.
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Greetings from Engineering Club, Nov. 8, 2013. We're very fun people.

A typical week

Monday

No Engineering today... a boring day.

Tuesday

There's a building session after school today! I go to Mr. Happer's room at 3:00 (when classes end) and start working on a project. My friends have sports Tuesdays, so I'll work on my individual project. I work until 4:30. I spend the last few minutes cleaning up after my work.
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workin' hard

When I go home, I do some homework. Shortly I get an email from Shane, reminding me to write him a progress report. I write about the things I did today, finalizing the plans and start cutting the wood. Shane took some pictures of my project during the building session, but I took some photos on my own, so I send him my photos as well. Shane will use the pictures and my report to write a weekly update.
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Shane's email

Wednesday

There's a lunch meeting today! Every member come to this weekly meeting by 1:10. I pick up a copy of the weekly update. I flip the weekly update to the last page and check the club statistics, and find myself in the top 10 list. I feel proud!
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Weekly Update Issue 22

I take a seat and listen to the executives talk about club news (we're taking a club picture next week), then give us a chance to talk about our projects. It's my turn, so I talk about how I finished the designs and started cutting the wood pieces.
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A typical lunch meeting

Thursday

Another building session today! Today's building session is longer than Tuesday's (3:00~5:30), so I can expect to get more things done. My friends have time today, so I can work with them on a group project.
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Researchers and builders

Friday

No Engineering today... a boring day.

Saturday

No Engineering today... a boring day.

Sunday

No Engineering today... a boring day.

History

Engineering Club didn't just appear one day. Peter and I first started building projects for an introductory physics class in second semester of our freshmen year (spring - summer 2011). My first project was an air gun that I built with David Zhao (he went on to pursue different passion, like sports).

Seeing that a storage room was cluttered with old projects, Peter and I started to clean the room and made it into a nice habitable place. We called in the mancave. Even after the physics class ended in Autumn 2011, Peter and I were so attached to the room that we continued to make projects in the room, like a crossbow and an electric go kart.

Throughout the school year, we gathered about 10 members who had similar interests as us. That's when I got serious about making a club. We were turned down on our first try, primarily because of lack of preparation. The second time, we prepared a proposal for Mr. Parham. Engineering Club was approved the following day, November 22, 2012 (Thanksgiving day).

From that point, Engineering Club became serious. In January, we grew quite large, to 23 members. I started writing weekly updates. I wrote a first edition of Engineering Club training manual to teach members how to use the tools efficiently.

In the start of my senior year, Engineering Club became even larger, with over 40 members. More executive members were elected (Michael, Collin, and Jason). The weekly updates became more sophisticated. Building sessions and lunch meetings became more organized.

We hope to continue growing in the future, with better projects and talented members.

Exciting things to read

Engineering Club Training Manual: discusses in detail the rules and recommendations regarding the operation of the club.
Engineering Club Weekly Update: discuss in detail members' projects and special news. It is designed to aid club members to share and collaborate during Wednesday lunch meetings.
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Engineering Process

Engineering Club has an underlying principle of the engineering process. The major steps of the engineering process are:
  • Conceptualization
    • Define the problem
    • Do background research
    • Specify requirements
    • Develop multiple solutions
    • Choose the best solution
  • Development
    • Drawings
    • Modeling
    • Prototyping
    • Construction
  • Test and Redesign
    • Test solution
    • Redesign solution
    • Retest solution
  • Communication

Notable Projects

The members make so many cool projects! I want to be like them and make projects as good as theirs. Some of the best projects are:

Other things you should know

Club Dedication Index

Engineering Club uses a Club Dedication Index (CDI) system to monitor each member’s level of dedication. The base score is 100, and individual scores may increase or decrease based on factors like date joined, attendance, projects, and attitude. The scores are updated real-time on editgrid. This system really encourages me to work harder and get my scores up in the top 10.

Useful Websites & Books

  • Websites
    • Instructables: A great website to see and share projects. Projects in workshop category should be the most interesting to Engineering Club members.
    • Popular Mechanics: Lots of fun articles. They don't directly relate to projects, but could inspire you.
  • Books (we have these in the workshop)
    • The Complete Manual of Woodworking: If you're into woodworking, this is the perfect book for you. Everything from tools to box-making techniques.
    • The New Weapons of the World Encycopedia: Almost all of our projectile projects were inspired from this book.
    • Materials and Design: Very handy when unsure what material to use.
    • Popular Mechanics (actual magazines): Really interesting articles, you could possibly get project ideas from this.
    • Popular Science: Similar to popular mechanics, but more science-oriented.
    • Make Magazine: Project-oriented magazine. Has electronics projects, so if you're into that, this is the magazine for you.
    • Weekly Update & Training Manual: the best!!!!!!

Project on Demand

Engineering Club offers a service for students and faculty. Projects on Demand allow non-members to request Engineering Club members to make a specific product. Like a ballot box (Student Council) or a basketball hoop (Mr. Krumland).

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Peter made two ballot boxes for Student Council

Fill out a form to request a project on demand. Jason, our marketing officer, should contact you shortly.

Closing words

Engineering Club is a close-knit community. We help each other out, make projects together, and share the results. I feel like everybody should join Engineering Club, even if they aren't so interested in the subject. Maybe they'll grow to love engineering. It's a fascinating subject, really.

Does this make you want to join Engineering Club? Come to any lunch meeting or building session and talk to an executive (Shane, Peter, Issa, Collin, Jason, or Mr. Happer)! Joining is really easy.