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DRONE fun in Science class today! 

Mr. Kirkwood's Horticulture class helped Mrs. Watland's 7th graders learn how to operate drones as part of a unit on Aerospace Engineering. The 7th graders will be completing a PBL titled "Engineering on the Fly" to understand how aerospace engineers create technology used in outer space, but also provide scientists with the tools and data to do important work here on Earth.
They will study Operation PolarEye, a project where engineers teamed up with San Diego Zoo Global scientists to create drone technology that will allow researchers to track polar bear movements and measure the ice pack that is critical to the species' survival.
The 7th graders will then be "hired" to create a new innovation that allows scientists to observe animals in harsh conditions to solve an environmental problem.
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Architecture Meets Building Advancement

Students enrolled in the Lake Park Audubon Architecture and Design Class was able to view the newest in advancements of technology by visiting the Dynamic Homes facility in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  Jason Jendrysik, Sales and Marketing Manager, gave the students a very thorough explanation and visual journey of how one of their designs becomes a home in approximately two weeks.

Starting with the flooring, through the framing, electrical, sheeting, drywall, and exterior finishes, Jendrysik explained that the production process at Dynamic is completed in a controlled setting, separate from the elements.  Their plant is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer, allowing work to continue year-round regardless of the weather conditions outside.

Students were also able to tour the three model homes that Dynamic has on display and see how a finish product might look.  Students appreciated seeing a variety of themes, styles, and finishes used throughout the production process. “I liked the loft home so much, I could have stayed there all day,” exclaimed Bella Syvertson, student in the class.

Students taking the Architecture and Design Class have access to the “Chief Architect” drafting program, which is a CADD software program that allows them to design residential buildings from beginning to end.  The program also allows them to do a rendering of their finish work and present their projects to their peers in class from an elevated view. At the conclusion of the semester, students will have developed the skills to enter the job market and use basic CADD software or enter into a design program such as the one offered at Alexandria Career and Technical College, which uses the same software in their Associate Degree program of study