Students from HSU’s Engineering 215 Class Presenting Final Design Projects on Tuesday

This is a press release from Zane Middle School:

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Zane Middle School will celebrate the culmination of projects completed by engineering students from Humboldt State University (HSU). HSU students from Engineering 215 – Introduction to Design will present their final design projects to students, administrators, instructors, and the press. This event starts at 1:30 p.m. and will celebrate the long-term, mutually beneficial partnership between Zane and HSU. Members of the community are welcome to attend the celebration.

Nine student teams from Lonny Grafman’s Engineering 215 class have designed and constructed a variety of innovative learning tools and ground works at Zane. Projects include inspiring learning apparatuses such as an outdoor math learning space, outdoor classroom with portable podium and whiteboard, portable truss benches, and a portable stage; classroom infrastructure such as educational headphone racks, solar power robot charger, and reconfigurable cubbies; and groundwork that revitalizes the entrance to Zane with a concrete tessellating path and street sign benches. Each project drove the HSU students, in collaboration with teachers and staff, to devise innovative solutions that had long term learning benefits for the Zane campus. See more at

Students developed and built the various projects in cooperation with Zane Middle School, which provided design considerations, client feedback, and materials. Over the course of the spring semester, HSU students worked in teams to develop their projects from initial problem statement to final solution and execution. Zane staff and students provided context and feedback, while local businesses, community members and student teams contributed funds and in-kind donations to make the projects possible. A specific community member, Humboldt Sponsors, granted Zane Middle School $1,000.00 to fund projects.

“This is our fifth year of proving that students at every grade level can have real, lasting, impact while engaging in deeply educational experiences,” says Instructor Lonny Grafman. Zane Counselor, Trevor Hammons, contributed, “Zane has been lucky to have this partnership with HSU ENG 215. We have made important campus improvements, educated students about engineering and sustainability and received many educational tools that help students grasp difficult concepts. We look forward to continuing our partnership with HSU in the coming years. I want to thank HSU Administration and Eureka City Schools Superintendent, Fred Van Vleck, for supporting this partnership. This would not be possible without the continued support of Humboldt Sponsors who helped fund this project.”

Zane Middle School is a STEAM Magnet School. The STEAM model integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics throughout the curriculum. With Engineering as a focus of Zane’s curriculum, this partnership provides real-world examples for students.



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