What’s Right with Schools: Race Track Trials at the Engineering and Science University Magnet


At the Engineering and Science University Magnet School in West Haven, the race is on. 

The fastest car down the track inside the innovation lab is the goal.

“We’re going to go straight to the championship round and we’re going to pick the four top cars,” said Brian MacWilliam, the innovation shop teacher. 

It takes some thoughtful time to reach the top speed across the finish line. 

“They bring me those designs; I teach them how to use the tools and help them make the real prototype come alive,” said MacWilliam.

Students like Eran Avni-Singer back his strategy with science. 

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“It’s a loose model of an F-1 race car, we thought it would be the most aerodynamic,” said Avni-Singer. 

It wasn’t the fastest, but there might be more to learn in defeat than victory. 

Problem-solving partnered with hands on group activity can accelerate learning. 

“How did the curriculum come alive? How was it incorporated into a real-world challenge?,” asked MacWilliam. 

It’s action-based education and training for the next generation of engineers and scientists. 

“These subjects are really interesting and they’re fun as you can see from today…It makes for a really unique experience as a student,” said Avni-Singer. 

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