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HANDS-ON LEARNING: CCHS students are a 'step ahead'

December 6, 2012

Students at Columbia City High School work on a class project during their Digital Electronics class Tuesday. From left, Ryan Clingerman, 17; Devin Mincar, 16; Anthony Kinney, 16; and Slade Walker, 17.

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School has many opportunities to give students an educational edge before entering college — one of them being Project Lead The Way-Engineering.

Currently in its fourth year at CCHS, the program enables students to establish a career path through the exposure of four engineering courses.
One of those courses, Digital Electronics, covers topics involving mechanisms, energy, statics, materials and kinematics — concepts the students are likely to encounter in future courses.

Jeff Clark, the Digital Electronics teacher, said the students work on completing several projects throughout the year.

Tuesday, students in Digital Electronics were busy working on a copy jam detector. Students come up with the mathematical equation. Then from that equation a program is built to establish a digital output. Students then download their software to a program board, wire it up, and if it works correctly, they will get their intended result.

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