They've put in years of hard work, and now they're tackling one of the few things standing in their way of a college degree. Senior Electrical Engineering students at Florida State University's Panama City Campus are designing some unique pieces of technology for their capstone projects.
Family and friends of the students and engineering professionals gathered on campus Thursday morning to for senior design presentations.
Local engineering industries mentor and sponsor the groups. Students either redesign an existing project or create one from the ground up for their mentor or sponsor to use.
"It's nice to actually apply what we've learned to a project," said senior electrical engineering student Lukas Tucker.
Tucker and his group members are applying the lessons they've learned in class to their senior design project. They're using electromagnetic energy to launch a disk into the air.
"I had a need for our education outreach program 'The Science Brothers,' and I said this would be a good project for students to learn, to cut their teeth on while they're in their last year at Florida State," said Bill Porter, an engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
Porter is helping the seniors redesign a safer Electromagnetic Pulse Disk Launcher. He'll use the new version to show young students how fun science can be.
Another group of seniors is also designing a project for children.
"It'll have bubbles. It'll have lights, and it will have 130 push buttons so we're hoping those are three things kids like to interact with," said Stephanie Smith, a senior.
Smith and her group members are building an Interactive Bubble Exhibit for The Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida. Children will be able to create their own designs with bubbles and lights.
Most groups will complete their projects during the Spring semester and will present them in late April.