Engineering students showcased golf course construction projects on Nov. 29 after weeks of planning and building.
For two years, students taking Introduction to Engineering and Physics have been assigned a class project that divides them into groups of three to construct a golf course. Each team is given a budget of $150 and an Arduino kit to control motors and lights.
To begin construction, each team chose a theme for their course. Themes included recent movies such as “James Bond”, “Frozen”, “The Hobbit” and “Spider-Man.” Each theme won an award.
There were four awards groups could win. Those categories include: best incorporation of electronics, judges choice for best hole, best presentation and people’s choice for best hole.
The James bond theme was awarded the best incorporation of electronics, Frozen won judges choice for best hole, Hobbit won best presentation and Spider-Man won the peoples choice for best hole.
Evan Smith, sophomore math major from Saginaw, was on a team that chose a theme of a winterized Skee-Ball.
“Our thought process was about how to make the course challenging, fun and memorable,” Smith sad. “I would definitely change the par. We made par much harder to attain than the average for the course by approximately two strokes.”
“From the very start, my team and I always knew we wanted to do a golf hole from some sort of Disney movie,” said Ally Brant, a member of the team whose theme was “Frozen”.
Brant said the team though of multiple plans during their brainstorming process to incorporate a movie.
“Our deciding factor came down to how much fun we thought each hole would be,” Brant said. “In our chart we made, it showed that the ‘Frozen’ theme was the winner of how fun the hole would be. Meaning that we would build the ‘Frozen’ golf course we designed.”
This project was a chance for students to work in a group and practice what they learned in their introduction class and put it into work.
“During the whole process, my team and I had to learn how to communicate with each other and had to learn how to learn how to get along during late nights trying to work on the hole,” Brant said.