Engineering students at Greenbrier East High School are taking their skills across the globe to collaborate on a design project.
A team from the high school is working with students from Brazil to design an eco-friendly recreation space to be built outside of a school in Brazil. The interesting part, the entire design is made out of all recyclable materials.
Engineering Student Joseph Londeree explained the project will have everything from canopies with plastic roof,s to chairs made out of tires. All elements to this project are helping the Earth stay green.
“We use all the recyclable materials we need to make this project a reality, that’s why one mans trash is another mans treasure,” Londeree said.
Using recycled materials keeps the project very cost efficient.
Engineering student Jake Bridges said using these materials is also teaching his fellow classmates how easy it can be to repurpose trash.
“We’ve been able to reform plastic and make use of it ourselves, we just have a heat gun this is not a high industrial area,” Bridges said.
Greenbrier East engineering students have done many design projects in the past, but nothing at an international level. Engineering Instructor, Kevin Warfield, said the students have really taken the project over and are very creative.
“We’ve really seen the students rise to the occasion, a lot of leadership skills are being developed here,” Warfeild said.
Working with students in another country can pose a challenge with the language barrier; however, many students at East agree it has been fun learning a new language, and the power of technology makes it easier to communicate.
Students in Brazil said they enjoy diving into a new culture and learning all about life in the United States.
The next step for these students is to travel to Brazil to bring their designs to life.
Students are currently fundraising to make that trip possible. For more information on the project, visit the East Engineering Facebook Page. People can also make a donation for the Brazil trip by visiting the GoFundMe page.