Zane Partners with HSU Engineers to Improve Learning

On Thursday, May 15, Zane Middle School will celebrate the culmination of projects completed by engineering students from Humboldt State University (HSU).  HSU students from Engineering 215 - Introduction to Design will present their final design projects to students, administrators, instructors, and the press.  This event marks the successful launch of a mutually beneficial partnership between Zane and HSU.

Nine student teams from Lonny Grafman’s Engineering 215 class have designed and constructed a variety of innovative projects for installation at Zane. Projects include an edible landscape, a garden upgrade, and a portable greenhouse, all fed by a rainwater catchment system, plus a songbird refuge, an upcycled wall caddy, a recycled Frisbee disc golf station, a human powered Bernoulli bike blower, and a bridge competition tester.  Each of these projects challenged HSU students to devise innovative solutions that had long term learning benefits for the Zane campus.  See more at

Students developed and built the various projects in cooperation with Zane Middle School, which provided design considerations, client feedback, and materials. Over the course of the spring semester, HSU students worked in teams to develop their projects from initial problem statement to final solution and execution.  Zane staff and students provided context and feedback, while local businesses, community members and student teams contributed funds and in-kind donations to make the projects possible.

"This pioneer partnership between university and public school brought together university design students, middle school students, teachers, staff, and administrators to create nine great projects and a template for the future," says Instructor Lonny Grafman.  Zane Principal Jan Schmidt contributed, “I am very impressed with the quality of the projects designed by these college sophomores.  We look forward to deepening our partnership with HSU in the coming years.  I want to thank HSU President Rollin Richmond and Eureka City Schools Superintendent, Fred Van Vleck, for supporting this partnership.”

Zane Middle School recently became a STEAM Magnet School. The STEAM model integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics throughout the curriculum.  With Engineering as a focus of Zane’s curriculum, this partnership provides real-world examples for students.

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