Sacramento State's Hornet Racing Team turned a physics lesson about building miniature cars from gears, axles, and electric motors into an unforgettable experience for some Highlands High School physics students on Friday.
A group of about 25 juniors and seniors in Dan Sisneros' physics class received hands-on guidance from the group of college engineering majors in building the cars and manipulating the placement of gears to propel them up a 30-degree slope.
Several members of the Hornet Racing Team, also known as Formula SAE Sac State, assisted groups of about three students for a class period, helping them reach their goal of building a car.
The Hornet Racing Team's presence was an opportunity to expose high school students to what they might like to study in college, Sisneros said.
Marcos Navarro, a member of the Hornet Racing Team and a Highlands High School alumnus who helped organize the workshop in his former teacher's classroom, said he is excited about the advancements Highland High has made in the so-called STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
He said it's important that he is able to guide high school students toward college.
"There's so many things I would like to tell them," he said, though he was trying not to sound too much like a teacher in his guidance.
Students like Patrick Ruiz, who is a Highlands senior, found satisfaction from the work he does with physics and may study engineering in college.
"It's rewarding; you feel good about the work that you do," he said.
To show students how far basic physics concepts can go, the team plans to return to Sisneros' physics class on Friday to show students the race car they built from scratch this year.
For Navarro, it's important that high school students know that working in the STEM fields is an attainable goal.
"You can get involved in STEM. It doesn't take a genius, and it shouldn't."
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Vanessa Walker
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at email@example.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.