This weekend, 13 intrepid WIHI students will compete against schools from all over the world in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Each team of 3 or 4 students will work for 36 straight hours from early Saturday morning to late Sunday evening. They will develop and write up their best possible solution to a complicated, real-life problem. This will involve not just math and analytical skills but also complex reasoning and teamwork. For example, last year's team developed a plan to service the International Space Station (now that the shuttle program has been decommissioned) complete with payload and flight schedules and cost estimates for various options for service flight providers (the Russians? new private companies?). Wish those students luck!
Ford High School Students in Science and Technology Program
Ford Motor Company invites high school physics students to visit their Research and Innovation Lab once a month during the school year. This past Saturday, 18 WIHI students got up bright and early to travel to Dearborn and learn more about diesel engines. We learned about their relative prevalence in passenger cars and trucks in Europe and the US. We handled parts of a turbocharger, watched video of combustion in gas and diesel engines, and examined a diesel engine up close. We saw the insides of the exhaust treatment system, stood under an F-250 truck to see the aftertreatment system in action, and visited the facility and equipment used to test emissions from those trucks. It was an interesting and informative day!
The next HSSTP session is Saturday December 8. It is the "Career Day" session when Ford brings in all different kinds of engineers and scientists to talk to the students about what they do and how they got there. Last year it was interesting and engaging. Ms. Van Ark's favorite was the woman who said her job was, "to drink coffee and surf the internet all day". (She writes computer code that analyzes the language of customer feedback from websites such as Wards and MSN Auto.) Ms. Van Ark strongly encourages any WIHI students who are interested to attend. It's free! See her for more information.