The Norman Transcript

Local news

May 17, 2013

Noble High School students present projects at mock trade show

NORMAN — Noble High School juniors and seniors in Roger Clement’s Chemistry II class got a special preview of what professional chemistry and engineering would be like as they presented the fruit of semester-long projects in a mock trade show Thursday morning.

Students were divided into groups at the beginning of the semester and were instructed to use polymer labs to design, create, test and market practically applicable products — complete with commercials.

“The students had four deadlines over the semester and my role was to be a facilitator at best,” Clement said. “It was very student-driven, they used as many resources as possible and I’m proud of what they accomplished.”

Student groups’ products varied from property improvement items like a hail shield for vehicles to recreational items like a child’s toy or fire-safe candle container.

“This class was structured to resemble projects that students would do in college-level engineering classes, so they’ll be more prepared for that setting now that they’ve had this experience,” Clement said.

As a participant in the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center for Educational and Community renewal, Clement’s class was supported by the center’s Success grant, and K20 staff members attended the trade show to act as potential clients.

“I learned so much this semester, especially with the marketing angle,” junior Nathan Murray said. “We called manufacterers of flame-resistant sprays and sealants who were really reluctant to share information with us about chemical compounds/production, but some were very helpful.”

Murray and his fellow group members, senior Zach Lewis and junior Kris Vance, developed an insulation which could be marketed to companies that build and sell safes.

“I plan to go into chemical engineering in college, so this project was a great experience for me,” Lewis said. “We’ll hopefully take this project a step further and investigate actually selling it.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014

  • Moore City Council paves way for Sam’s Club location

    MOORE — The Moore City Council approved a $5 million bond Tuesday to be repaid with sales tax and utility revenues. “A good amount of street improvements needs to be done,” Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said. “This will be paid for with ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Crime briefs

    Woman charged with assault A Norman woman was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon Monday after admitting that she threw a knife at someone, court records show. Jamie Marie Rietz, 32, was charged in Cleveland County ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Jeremy Ryan Sellers, 20, second-degree burglary and malicious injury to property under $1,000 in concert and together with Ryan ...

    July 22, 2014

  • County want details of insurance coverage

    Cleveland County commissioners will formally request particulars on their insurance coverage from the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma Self Insurance Group....

    July 22, 2014

  • Stewart journeys from volunteer to director at Women’s Resource Center

    Kristy Stewart walked into the Women’s Resource Center as a volunteer 30 years ago. The volunteer work soon turned into a staff position, and that one into another and another and so on. Along with the new responsibilities came her ...

    July 21, 2014

  • garnervisit1 Family, friends recall Garner’s Norman roots

    Flowers started arriving at the James Garner statue at Main Street and Jones Avenue Sunday morning after residents learned of the famed actor and Norman native’s death Saturday night in California. Norman resident Roy Hamilton, who grew ...

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • James Garner James Garner dies at 86

    NEW YORK — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety....

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos