E’town High engineering students present capstone projects

Elizabethtown High School engineering students put their knowledge and work to the test.

These 21 students, who were split into eight groups, presented their capstone class projects to 16 community members Wednesday.

Engineering instructor Missy Mills said the students have been working on these projects since October.

The class is the Engineering 101/102 courses at University of Kentucky, which is being implemented for the first time this year.

Students were required to focus on an idea that would benefit the community. They also were required to implement work from either Arduino or MATLAB, which is software used in engineering projects.

Projects that were presented Wednesday include a medicine dispenser for the elderly and a phone application for pilots to help calculate weight restrictions.

Seniors Liz Hanson and Emma Musgrave worked together on a project that involves a machine that sorts coins, and then weighing the coins to determine how much the coins are in dollar amount.

Musgrave said the engineering class is a good, fun alternative from the typical high school classes they’re used to.

Hanson said presenting to community members other than teachers has been nerve-racking, but has enjoyed the process.