More than 50 Gloversville Middle School seventh-graders in Project Lead the Way on Dec. 20 had the opportunity to travel to Fulton-Montgomery Community College to apply some of the concepts they have been learning in class.
During their trip, assistant professor Jeremy Spraggs gave a demonstration of the automation lab at the college, and each student completed a hydraulics project with BOCES teacher and FMCC instructor Zac Carrico.
The students have been learning about hydraulics in their Project Lead the Way engineering classes with GMS teachers Marie Kotsakis and Steve Jazeboski, who accompanied the students on the trip. Students have been learning how in hydraulic systems, force that is applied at one point is transmitted to another point using an incompressible fluid. Through the project they completed during their field trip, students used plastic syringes for cylinders and small plastic tubing for the hydraulic hoses.
The trip was made possible through FMCC's Tech Lane
grant from the National Science Foundation.