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High School Students Share ‘Plastics Experience’


High school students prepare their entry to be judged in the Car Show portion of the Plastics Experience Will Moyer, a plastics engineer from Tyco Electronics, explains aspects of working in the industry during the workshop portion of the day Caleb R. Spotts, a plastics and polymer engineering technology from Shamokin, assists students with their thermoforming project A student checks the width of the bag he is making on the blown film extruder Drivers ready their remote-controlled cars at the starting lineMontoursville Area High School took home the overall trophy following the recent Plastics Experience, hosted by students and faculty in Penn College’s plastics and polymer engineering technology major. During the daylong event, students from Central Mountain, Elizabethtown Area, Gettysburg, Hughesville, Jersey Shore Area, Loyalsock Township, Montoursville Area and Williamsport Area high schools spent the morning participating in hands-on activities and lectures in the college’s plastics laboratories. In the afternoon, the students showed off remote-control cars they designed and thermoformed in their home schools during a “car show” and race. Teams were judged on their “car show” display, race results and answers to a set of technical questions. Seven industry representatives visited campus to judge the students’ displays.

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