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Nick Noogle: I decided to enroll in the Engineering Academy because the math aspect sounded pretty fun and looked very prestigious, and my father made it sound like it'll be a good experience for me. Nick Noogle: In the Engineering Academy, you have an integrative learning system, which means that we have to start our freshman year. We can't just join like sophomore or junior year because when as a freshman your skills are necessary to use when you are a senior building the robot. You can't just suddenly drop in as a senior and just try to build a robot because as a freshman you learned the necessary skills like design, and simple machine skills to be able to build a more complicated robot.
Nick Noogle: The robotics program is a culmination of all the skills we learned at Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy. It's where we compete against other teams across the world that build similar robots to participate in a competition that is like basketball, or Frisbee, or there's different games every year. And it's a team work building thing, and you also, it's a lot of you have to be self-motivated, but along working with a team. So it's almost like a sports program, but it's where you maybe use your mind more than physical attributes.
Nick Noogle: I found design to be the most challenging aspect in art, because I didn't expect to be a lot of art in the, in junior academy, but we have to make things look nice because function and you know beauty is very important in everything now. So, I've learned to kind of accomplish that and find things that look nice and aesthetically pleasing to people, but that was very challenging at first. Nick Noogle: Yes, I would recommend the academy to anyone who wants a good experience in, kind of, getting a wide variety of, you know, experiences in engineering and just becoming a more what, well rounded person because you might be able to find something you really like in engineering.
You know like mechanical or electrical or you can decide maybe engineering isn't for you and you'll also make a lot of new friends and just get a great experience with everybody in here. Nick Noogle: Well, the Engineering Academy is very different compared to other classes in your normal high school. It's more project based which obviously because at the end of the year we have a project that's due so, we spend one whole school year developing towards one project which is great compared to, other classes where it's just tests that you take every couple weeks and you kind of forget the knowledge, forget what you've learned after that.
But in this you have to continue to keep learning towards one final project, and at the end you see all of your work from the beginning and one thing. Nick Noogle: After high school, I want to apply to a military academy and, then join the military for a while and, go back to medical school. Through that one of the military academies and, it has influenced me, even though I don't want to do engineering and participate in that. It's made me realize that while I enjoy physics and math, and it's all fun, it's not really quite for me, and maybe medical is a better field and I enjoy that more.
So, and it's kind of made me push myself, and figure out that I want to be the best person I can and you know, kind of go to my limits. Nick Noogle: Last year, my sophomore year, my friend Blake and I, we were working on a light sculpture, and it was pretty difficult at times because we had to build rods, we had to come to the right length and put them into our light sculpture and it really wasn't working. But with the help of the teachers, because we, we would have been lost without all the people around us helping, but since we have all the students around us helping and also the mentors and teachers. It's great because even though we had a, an obstacle we couldn't really get over.
We had so much support from not only the teachers but friends, you know, in the academy who had a solution, and then the mentors and teachers, which is really great to see everybody helping towards just one person's project out of the hundreds that we have. Nick Noogle: In high school, it's tough to have a lot of kids who want to help you because in your normal classes, like in AP class everyone is very worried about themselves and if they're going to get an A and if they're going to pass the AP test. But it seems like in our academy everybody wants to help you because your all building the same project, your working toward the same goal and the robot senior year, or whatever project we end up doing, it's everyone needs to be cooperative.
So, it's not always you don't always find it in your normal class settings so it's very nice to see it in this academy.
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