By John Anderson with Guest Writer Emily Mulone

When the first edition of Auburn Middle School’s Rocketeer (AMS Rocketeer Issue 1) came out at the end of Tri 1, I was more than impressed. With the expert guidance of advisor Becky Harvey, the students have come up with a new look, a new format, and some solid reporting. When I stopped by one of their Thursday afternoon meetings, about ten students were hard at work on the next edition.

Rocketeer journalists use smartphones and iPads to get information on their computer generated stories. ©John R. Anderson

Rocketeer journalists use smartphones and iPads to get information on their computer generated stories. ©John R. Anderson

Not only were they writing and editing stories on the computers in Mrs. Harvey’s technology classroom, but some left to conduct interviews and returned bubbling with information. Interviews can be a very hard part of journalism, and it was nice to see them tackling them early in their careers. I told the gathering that Auburn Mass Daily would share some of their stories with a general interest to our readers.

We’re finally sharing Emily Mulone’s article about the Young Engineers Club. Thanks for some great work Emily!

“Young Engineers Club has been running since the end of September. The club meets twice a month and runs from 2:30 until 3:30. In this club, they do different types of building projects, and innovative construction. One young engineer, Brendon Bailey, stated “My favorite part of the club is the fact that we get to hang out with each other.” This is Bailey’s first year in Young Engineers Club. When asked if he found the club a lot of work, he answered “No not at all. It’s a fun thing to do after school, and this club helps a lot with science and math.” He continued, “The things we make can be challenging because we have to think of a way to make everything.” He would like to continue working together and to keep building different things. He thinks that the club is good just the way it is, because there is never a time where they aren’t doing something.

Another young engineer, Ethan Bedard, thinks Young Engineers Club is exciting. He has been a part of this club for 2 years and states, “My favorite part of this club is getting to do fun projects, like making the disc golf nets. And we don’t always have to do math! This club helps with the STEAM class, and it’s pretty much our fun, after school club.” He continued, “I especially like the club because we won’t get a bad grade if we mess up on something or do bad on a project.” He went on, “The things we make can be

An iPad records the progress of a 3D printer during a recent Young Engineers Club meeting. Previously printed objects are in front. ©John R. Anderson

An iPad records the progress of a 3D printer during a recent Young Engineers Club meeting. Previously printed objects are in front. ©John R. Anderson

challenging. It just depends on what it is.”

The teachers of Young Engineer’s Club are Mrs. Robbins, Mrs.Stiling, and Mrs.Collins. Stiling stated, “The club has been a great success so far. We have a lot of interesting students, and we always try to encourage the kids to think creatively.” Robbins agreed and continued, “Making projects for the students can be challenging because we have students from all of the grades. We have to make projects that won’t repeat.” The club is currently working on understanding the engineering process and is planning to make a course that a blind dog can maneuver through, without getting hurt.