Nick Sinagra Innovation Center
Our newly completed innovation center, named after BC alumnus and former employee, Nick Sinagra, offers students in our STEAM classes the opportunity to work with Robotics, 3D printing, engineering, laser engraving, environmental science, design, and many other subjects and courses.
Students in the Engineering R&D class learn about generators and design a water turbine and generator so that a small amount of electricity can be generated from a pipe filled with flowing water. The project stemmed from an interest in electricity and magnetism and a desire to have a deeper understanding of how kinetic energy (the energy of motion) can be converted into electrical energy in a generator. By doing a hands-on project, the students will have a much deeper understanding of how electricity is generated than they would by just learning it from a book.
The Innovation Center is an ideal learning environment for this project. Students have state of the art computers to do research and design.
They have the space needed to have tubs of water and connecting plumbing. For this project, they are designing their own turbines using Tinker CAD (TM) and printing them on the Ultamaker 3D printer. This technology allows them to quickly modify and reprint various turbine designs so that they can quickly iterate to the best design.