New schools like Johns Creek High School have obviated the fact that Chattahoochee is becoming more obsolete – with its last-generation architecture and outdated resources – which has led to a new budget for upgrading the school. With upcoming renovations to the school (new entry way, lockers, tile flooring, etc.), it is only fair that some of the budget be pushed towards the Career Tech department and the Engineering Lab. The money has come, and purchases have become apparent throughout the lab, and whether this spending is frivolous or not can be decided by students who, after all, are the main beneficiaries of any school upgrades.
The first addition to the engineering lab, as a result of the new budget, was a brand new band saw, a large, stationary tool consisting of a rotating blade used for cutting wood into intricate shapes. This new monster has basically replaced the other four band saws in the lab, one of which has been sent to Northview High School to make room. A couple days later, however, the engineering class soon stumbled upon yet another new band saw, this time blue instead of green, propped up in the “back room,” an area of the lab where large tools are stationed. The second one has a thicker blade on it, allowing for smoother straight cuts, which has been deemed to speed up the process of those the two during the time of master projects, a group-assigned creation using tools and material available in the lab to solve a problem.
The most expensive purchase so far, in the engineering lab, is the new Phantom 2 Vision quad copter by DJI. A remarkable feat of engineering and technology, this large drone can hover and fly around to unimaginable heights while taking 1080-pixel video through a self-stabilizing camera built in to it. It may have some potential at football games, for it can hold up to four pounds including banners and ribbons; and the camera can make for a useful tool in certain applications; but other than that, the new purchase is little more than a toy showcasing the Career Tech’s advanced laboratory.
So far, these main expenses have drawn up a wealthy price tag of little over a couple thousand dollars, showing some improvement to the lab. With new renovations to the school coming up, it is not unlikely to see a few more large purchases in the engineering lab.
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