James E. Dottke High School Students Taking Part in the #ZooTrainChallenge

James E. Dottke High School Students Taking Part in the #ZooTrainChallenge
Posted on 10/08/2019
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Throughout the school year, students from MIlwaukee County have been invited to be part of the #ZooTrainChallenge. Sponsored by the Coalition for Sustainable Rail, Milwaukee County Zoo, LearnDeep Milwaukee, local universities, and local industry, the project involves designing ways to improve the coal bin process for the locomotives.

“Dottke High School has a group of 10 students who are working on the project,” explains Principal, Greg Goelz.  “University and industry partners have stepped up to offer on-campus experiences to student teams that helped inform their designs. Collaborating and problem-solving are important Deeper Learning competencies for us.”

Students have already met with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Engineering students on campus to develop a background on ergonomics. They also attended an on-site visit to the Milwaukee County Zoo to see how things actually operate on the zoo train.  

In a few weeks, students will be at the WE Energies Oak Creek Power Plant to learn how they process, handle, and move coal. A few more experiences down the road include a trip to MSOE Engineering Department, Marquette University Engineering Department, and a return to the Milwaukee County Zoo. 

While only 10 students from Dottke are involved in the actual project, other students are working on assignments and tasks those students bring back from the tours or brainstorming sessions.