by Sean Kim
Designing and creating a mechanical device takes determination, skill and know-how. That is what the students of the Engineering Club at MCC-Longview have.
At the beginning of each semester, the Engineering Club meets to decide what kind of device they want to create. The club meets every Wednesday in the Science and Tech Building to plan, draw-out and create the device before the end of the semester. This semester, the Engineering Club put together the “Angry Birds Project”, which was shown at the Longview’s Kite Festival.
“Our goal in the Engineering Club is to allow engineering students to use their skills and practical use in a school project,” said Chris Matthews, club president.
Matthews has been the president of the club for a year. He has finished his Associate of Arts degree and plans to have a career in engineering.
“I want to make sure the club doesn’t fall apart and keep the steamroller effect going,” Matthews said. “I plan to have social events to obtain new members. The club fluctuates at about eight to nine members this year.”
“This year has been tough for the club,” said Bloss. “We weeded through many cool designs for the ‘Angry Birds Project’.”
“Several issues began to surface with the design we chose and… to make a long story short we had to scrap the idea (the cannon) instead for a basic sling shot,” said Bloss.
The original cannon was to be made out of four inch by six inch PVC. Surgical tubing was to be used to as “power” to throw the balls explained Bloss.
Bloss said he spent about 25-30 hours a week on campus working and helping out in the Engineering Club.
“The club planned the ‘Angry Bird’ cannon since the fall semester,” said Bloss. “We wanted the show case our club by displaying the cannon at the Kite Festival for the kids.”
Hung Nguyen, a first-year student at MCC-Longview, joined the Engineering Club to fuel his career in Computer Engineering.
“Last year we built a catapult as the club’s project. However we didn’t have enough time to finish it,” Nguyen said. “The Club is fun and interesting. You get to meet new people that have the same career focus.”