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Designing the future

Niskayuna High School seniors show off engineering projects

A Niskayuna High School senior might have created the next great invention, as four ideas are shown off to community members.

The high school's engineering design and development class held their final presentations on Tuesday, June 14, with working projects in hand. Students worked together to come up with an idea on what they wanted to create to solve a certain problem. Often times parts or items needed for the project where donated by a company and some students meet with professionals to help tackle their project.

The largest project visually was the electrically power assisted toolbox cart, which held tools used for racecars. Tim Hartman and James Cutter placed a tool cabinet on a frame with rugged wheels.

I drive racecars and we wanted a way to make it easier to get tools and parts from point 'A' to point 'B' at the racetrack, said Hartman. "Sometimes you can be traveling some pretty good distances with some pretty good weight."

Hartman said he races most often at Lebanon Valley Speedway and Cutter is a mechanic on his crew. Hartman said racing runs in his blood, because his grandfather raced in the late 50's and then his father started to race in the 80's.

"I inherited the love of racing," he said.

Due to donations, he said him and his partner only had to put $30 toward the possibly expensive project.

"We got down to crunch time and realized we had a lot to do in a short amount of time," said Hartman. "We were just kind of learning as we went and finding out some new stuff as we went."

If something didn't work, he said, they would have to try and figure out a way amongst themselves to make it work. Now that the project is completed it won't be sitting on the basement of a house.

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