Senior Derek Hubbard at Northridge High School, is part of a collaborative team that is building a singing tesla coil. The team consists of about 10 juniors and seniors, and was partially funded by one of our 21st Century Education Grants. Power Mountain Engineering is overseeing the project, and their employees have been working with the students for a minimum of 6 hours a week either after school or on the weekends. The students have divided into teams that each have a different responsibility, and have done everything from the blueprints to building prototypes, and budgeting to ordering supplies. When complete, the coil will shoot pitched lightning bolts at about 4 inches in length. The tesla coil will play the Star Spangled Banner using electricity at one of their school assemblies in April.
This is an extracurricular activity for students, and they have worked on it for over 100 hours since the beginning of the school year. As the project has come to life, they have seen a spike in interest from other students involved in their STEM Career Pathway, and are hoping to see more engagement from Juniors and Seniors in similar projects over the next several years.