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Engineering Technology Student Projects at South Hills

Engineering Technology students testing robots
STATE COLLEGE – Students of South Hills School of Business & Technology's Engineering Technology (ET) program begin more complex design and assembly projects for a number of their courses as they continue working through the second year of courses required to earn their Specialized Associate Degree. The ET program is a seven-term program offered at the Main Campus of South Hills located in State College, PA. In the Machining Processes course, the students complete a steam engine project, and they design and build a remote controlled robotic vehicle as a capstone project for the Mechanical Design course.

Steam Engine Project

Second-year ET students machine engine parts to build one-cylinder engines as a project in the Machining Processes course which is taken in the Fourth Term. The students learn manual milling, turning, drilling, reaming, counter boring, tapping internal threads, and cutting external threads. Once the steam engines are assembled, the students run the one-cylinder engines on 20 psi compressed air and make adjustments as needed. This course is a prerequisite for the CNC Programming course, which students take in the following term.

Robot Project

In the Sixth Term's Mechanical Design course, second-year ET students are grouped into teams that must work together to design and build robotic vehicles as a course final project. The vehicles are radio-controlled with servo steering (power steering) and have a servo-controlled gripper with tilt. The teams then run their vehicles through an obstacle course with several different challenges, one of which is to use the vehicle's gripper to retrieve a ball and return with it to the finish line. In order to build the vehicles, the teams must collaborate to make design choices about the type of drive system, placement of wheels, steering system, and retrieval method.

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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.