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Flying Pirates High School Hovercraft Team Puts Home Made Technology to the Test
Mister B, as he is known to his students, teaches Technology Education with a twist at Parish Hill High in Chaplin, Connecticut. His real name is Jim Benini and he has educated kids for 27 years.
Flying Pirates High School Team stands in front of their hand made hovercraft
Technology Education puts a hovercraft to the real test on the water in Ohio
In Mister B's Principals and Technology Class students concentrate on book work during the first half of the year. They focus on the four energy systems-mechanical, fluid, electrical and thermal. During the second half of the year, the teens take this knowledge to experience physics first hand and put it in a real application by building a hovercraft.
Hover Rally 2008 in Ohio where the racecourse was 11 feet above flood stage due to bad weather
Forget a normal school day with this dedicated group, they go all out after hours to make the best racing craft they can. "We quit following the blue prints a few years ago," said Benini. "We reengineered a hovercraft based on an original we found in a magazine."
Last year, the students were eyeing a clogged up air filter in a hovercraft and one student suggested trying out K&N air filters.
The students built a new Hovercraft out of two inch thick Styrofoam, fiberglass and epoxied wood and a new K&N air filter. "We were surprised at how rugged it was," said Benini. "One of the students climbed on it and the wood held up. There were also no problems with flexing."
In 2002, Mister B's class started building hovercrafts. In 2005, the class went to its first race as the Flying Pirates Team. Three years later, the Flying Pirates competed in four different classes at Hover Rally 2008. In their divisions the classes are Junior, Entry, F-24 and Endurance classes. The Flying Pirates also took six Hovercraft equipped with six K&N air filters.
"We put K&N to the test in Ohio at Hover Rally 2008," said Benini. "The conditions were bad because of the immense amount of rain. The river we flew on for most of the racecourse was 11 feet above flood stage. It was filled with mud and debris. Our K&N air filters did not get clogged. They got hit with water spray, dust and debris and they worked. We also liked the aspect that K&N air filters are washable and reusable."
Mister B's students learn with hands on experience and gain sportsmanship qualities every year. "My graduates come back every year to say thank you," said Benini. "I've even had parents approach me and tell me their kids are learning to say please and thank you. It's a very rewarding experience."
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