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Reames uncovers wonders in RHIT program

Monday, August 13, 2007

Northview student Jessica Reames helps put the finishing touches on a kite-making project during Rose-Hulman's Operation Catapult summer education program.
TERRE HAUTE -- Jessica Reames of Brazil got the school year off to an early start by being among nearly 200 senior high-school students from throughout the United States and two foreign countries completing scientific and engineering projects this summer in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Operation Catapult program.

Reames, daughter of Nena Price, 344 E. Blaine St. in Brazil, will be a senior this year at Northview High School.

Now in its 41st year, Operation Catapult offers students a hands-on learning experience at one of the nation's leading engineering colleges.

Participants were challenged to be problem-solvers in areas dealing with engineering, chemistry, physics and computer science.

During the course of two-and-half weeks, student teams completed a wide range of hands-on projects. This summer's project list included the creation of software computer programs that could track asteroids, creating simple fuel cells to generate electricity, using a wind tunnel to study the drag and lift characteristics of various objects, examining the water quality of a campus creek, and working with rapid prototyping equipment to design miniature objects.

From July 11-28, Reames helped her team design an elaborate kite flying process that generated two volts of electricity to power a simple

motor. The kites' spinning flying motion created the project's energy source.

Ben Franklin would have been proud.

"Kites are awesome and studying the different elements of their flight has been an eye-opening experience," Reames said.

Producing energy from man-made kites was one of this year's innovative Operation Catapult projects.

The Operation Catapult experience also gave students a preview of what lies ahead in college by attending lectures, living in a residence hall and participating in intramural activities. Students worked closely with a faculty mentor on their projects.

Rose-Hulman is a 1,900-student private college that specializes in undergraduate engineering, science and math. U.S. News & World

Report's College Guide has ranked Rose-Hulman as the nation's No. 1 undergraduate engineering college for the past eight years.

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