By Frank McNeilly
The Tech Club builds using skills in mechanical engineering and participates in group projects with other tech clubs.
According to faculty advisor Jason Durfee, Tech Club is one of the oldest clubs at Eastern and they welcome anyone who wants to join or just to come and see what the they do.
“The focus of the tech club is to spread awareness of science, math, and technology,” senior Jim Short said.
The tech club examines different kinds of buildings and designs, including making a building “green.”
“Constructing a green building is a kind of design that the tech club looks at,” Short said. “The renovation of Patterson Hall includes making it green, so that has become an interesting topic in the club.”
The tech club tries to get middle and high school students involved with projects on campus to expand their interests and show how much fun the club is.
“Last year, we worked with middle school students on the construction of Seaperch naval equipment, which are underwater robots,” Durfee said. “The students built the robots and tested them in the pool at Eastern.”
Short became the chairman of the tech club this year and has set a goal to get Eastern’s tech club doing activities off the campus and interacting with other tech clubs.
“We’ve had three meetings so far and we’re going to do a joint meeting with the SFCC tech club on Nov.19,” Short said.
The Eastern and SFCC tech clubs will construct trebuchets, which are catapults that work with falling counterweight instead of springs.