Engineering Project Takes Flight

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Dr. John Helferty is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University, as well as an alumni of the school. As part of his Intro to Engineering class, students were to design quadracopters, which are drone helicopters made up of K’nex pieces.

“The idea of this class is to get hands-on, state-of-the-art technology in front of the students first semester, as soon as they come in the door,” stated Dr. Helferty.

This was the first college integration and competition involving K’nex, which donated the parts. Students had two weeks to get the projects together, which was 20% of their final grade, and were graded on the design and test flights. There also was a lucrative $400 prize to be split amongst the team who completed the obstacle course quickest.

Helferty also showed appreciation for help received from colleagues on the project. Jean Jacques Raymond of Montgomery County Community College, as well as a few of his students, were integral in providing information and help for the project.

With so much hard work and time invested, the process behind creating the quadracopter wasn’t easy.

“It’s got 4 wings with motors at each end. We’d take the K’nex pieces and make the frame of it, we’d make that quad shape. Then we’d take the electronics, the propellers with their wires and wire them to the ends,” said Mitchell Brasher, a Mechanical Engineering student.

The winning team, made up of Alec Beiswinger, Matthew Berry, Jake Erdlen and Brian DiBartolo, were able to complete the course in a remarkable 12 seconds. Despite the competitive aspect, everyone present shared a sense of comradery and had a blast with the flight. Though this was the first year building and flying the quadracopters, it seems that this initial flight was a great success.

NCOW Celebrated with 5th Annual Drag Show

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As a kick off to national coming out week, the Temple University Wellness Resource Center presented their fifth annual drag show Monday night.

The drag show was the first of five events that are part of National Coming Out Week.

“It’s very celebratory,” says Rodney Pratt, director of the drag show. “It allows them to express themselves in a way that is not otherwise promoted every day.”

The drag show provides students with an outlet to dance, vogue and role play. The show, which is in its fifth year, has become a way for students to express themselves without gender roles.

Despite the fact the Temple Performing Arts center was packed, there is still a lot of work to be done in regards to acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

As Sheena Sood, Gender and Sexuality Inclusion Graduate Extern, explains, “we as a society still have a long way to go in terms of really taking steps to make our campus more inclusive and sometimes that’s at the structural level, not just at the individual level,”

Though the drag show and other NCOW events accommodate the LGBTQ community at Temple, students should become more aware of the obstacles that LGBTQ students face on a day to day basis.

“Even with Temple’s student government, if members of the student government took it on as their responsibility, even if they aren’t queer identifying, to make sure inclusivity is part of their strategy,” Sood said.

The wellness resource will provide an event each day during coming out week. Following Monday’s drag show the resources center will provide an alumni panel and dialog on Tuesday, a networking event with faculty and staff on Wednesday, an open mic. on Thursday, and finally, NCOW Fest that will take place on Friday.

For more information on the Wellness Resource Center and the NCOW events, follow the links below.

Wellness Resource Center

NCOW Events