Each year we eagerly await the arrival of the Wildest Parts Competition entries. Seeing what the students create and getting to know them and their instructors through their entries is one of the best parts of what we do. There are a lot of truly inspiring students out there and we can’t wait to see what they’ll do next. The entries are packed up and will be headed to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION conference in Nashville, TN where they will be proudly displayed in our booth. They will spend the rest of the school year traveling to other shows such as the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference in Atlanta, GA.
Thank you to all the entrants and to their instructors!
We will be contacting the winners shortly to arrange delivery of their prizes.
Mentioned below are two of Helena’s own that have been recognized! For a complete list check out 2017 Wildest Parts Winners.
1st Place – Survival Multitool – Grayson Weber – Capital High School – Instructor Jim Weber
While trying to decide on what to make for the competition, Grayson, who is interested in the outdoors and loves to hunt and fish, knew that when you are deep in the backcountry, weight is an issue. You don’t want to carry around a whole axe and pickaxe. So, Grayson created a system where all the heads use the same handle. Or, you don’t even need a handle at all; the outdoorsman can simply find a stick big enough and attaches the head and they are good to go! This can save you from 5-7 lbs. Grayson went through 3 prototypes, but the 4th time was a charm. Making the part helped him learn a lot about not only using Mastercam, but engineering and actually building something.
2nd Place – Master Caster – Hadley Snortland – Capital High School – Instructor Jim Weber
Hadley made a custom 4-weight fly fishing rod, a wooden case, and a fabric sleeve for the competition. He chose this part because he loves to go fly fishing and wanted to customize one for a unique, all-around fishing rod. Hadley said he learned a lot about the amount of time that can go into a project like this one, and just how many parts of the rod needed to fit together with a high level of accuracy, especially the threads on the reel seat of the rod. The case is made from African Mahogany for the main body and Wormy Maple for the lid and cap.