The goal of this project is to engage high schools students in the research process as well as in the invention process. In a partnership among Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Broward Cou..
The goal of this project is to engage high schools students in the research process as well as in the invention process. In a partnership among Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Broward County Aviation Division (BCAD), and Northeast High School, a team of teachers will advise student inventors through producing a working invention in response to a real-world problem. The invention will solve or attempt to solve the turkey buzzard problem near the airports in South Florida. In the fall and winter of 2020-2021, turkey buzzards caused millions of dollars in damages to aircrafts in local air space. This year-long project will involve students learning the fundamentals of innovation/invention, the technology and processes needed to approach and solve the turkey buzzard issue, as well as problem-solving, communication, and financial budgeting skills. In addition, students will collaborate with each other to develop feasible solutions to the issue and communicate their products to a group of industry experts. Three surveys will be conducted throughout this project to assess student interests and any change in STEM and invention ideologies through this project. The results from this project will help determine the viability of such projects/programs and partnerships and lay the foundations for developing a guide or framework for future projects at the secondary level. Using the engineering design cycle and invention protocols, students will first formulate solutions in small groups according to an invention protocol. They will then present their proposals to a panel of experts, and receive feedback and advice. After going to the panel, the panel will rate the proposal(s) that are most feasible, and the group will work on the solution. The students will then ideate, create a model or solution, test it, iterate, prototype, and test again. The end-goal is to create a working solution, whether a prototype or process, with the enlistment of the community, both local, academic, industrial, and the larger county and aviation community.