AIM Engineering Project?

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by Josh, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Josh

    Josh New Member

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    On the "typical day" list on the AIM info site, it says that one will participate in engineering projects. What exactly is an engineering project (in terms of this program)?
     
  2. mdsu

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    Hey, I went to AIM last year and heres what we did. We picked up a big black box full of materials. Opened it, and using the materials inside, used our imagination to build a boat that can float (obviously), move in the water using engines that you have to put together, a device to pick up people drowning, pick up oil, and a device that can knock a moving drug runner off a platform. After you build this boat, you compete with all the other companies such as alpha, bravo and such. I was in hotel company. Not sure if its different every year but this was it from 2009.
     
  3. Luigi59

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    Some things are better left to be discovered while you are there.

    Too late.
     
  4. mdsu

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    just delete my post then
     
  5. mdsu

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    actually, dont. He asked for the information so I gave it to him. Unless there are rules that state that "some things are better left discovered". If that was the case then I guess we should close the forums to questions that involve knowing what something might be like at the academy.
     
  6. sandhills

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    I think that was ment to be taken tongue in cheek with somethings are best left to be discovered.

    No matter what the AIMsters get told before they go, I don't think anyone will get a leg up on the other groups, as you'll be working as a team. It's more seeing how people work together (VERY HARD) to solve a problem instead of checking how well you can put together servos and cogs (EASY). My son knew it was coming before he went to AIM as well, but the foreknowledge didn't help his group; things went wrong and what they wanted to do didn't work.

    Keep in mind, Semper Gumby. By the way, my son said he enjoyed the project, even when it didn't go like they wanted.
     
  7. hopeful1

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    My son thought that working on the project was one of the definite highlights of AIM. If the original poster is worried about completing this project, don't be. My son was nervous about this or more the "unknown" aspect of what it might entail. He didn't have any experience with an engineering club at school or anything like that. I think sandhills is right. It is more about teamwork. My son's group had issues with their project the day of the competition. It was cool to see how they worked together to quickly solve the problems they were having.
    As a parent, I was amazed to watch the competition and see what the AIMsters came up with. I believe there used to be some pictures on the uscga website of the competition.
     

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