DPEA Sophomores Mobile-ize

DPEA Sophomores Mobile-ize

After months of hard work and dedication, the sophomores of the Engineering Academy recently finished their mobile projects, which are currently hanging from the ceilings of every room in the Academy.

Each mobile has a cohesive theme. To achieve this, the students displayed their amazing creativity, with themes such as jellyfish, outer space, raindrops, and phases of the moon. Because there were few constraints on the aesthetics of the project, the students designed incredible elements, making each mobile a beautiful, original artistic piece. One student made an element weighing nearly half a kilogram. From another mobile hung twelve objects, each representing a zodiac sign. Other students demonstrated their outstanding wire-bending skill, and created delicate, jewelry-like pieces.

Though Art was clearly a large part of this project, behind every perfectly balanced beam lies hours of physics calculations and work in the machine shop. Students learned about torque, and used this knowledge to determine the exact length of each beam and mass of each element long before they fully assembled the mobile. They used a computer program to design the small metal nodes that are used at each point where the string is attached to a beam. Finally, they used this design to machine all of the nodes from scratch.

Every one of the 104 sophomores is hugely proud of the extraordinary mobile that they created. They endlessly praise their peers on details of the other mobiles, and they eagerly look forward to their next project, the light sculptures.