Mill Creek HS students build hovercraft









Mill Creek HS students build hovercraft

Mill Creek HS students ‘fly high’ with low-flying hovercraft
If you’ve been wishing for a hovercraft ever since you saw that first “Star Wars” movie, well, you might be interested to know that an Earth-bound version of that vehicle is real, not science fiction. And, if Luke Skywalker had been an engineering or technology student at Mill Creek HS, he might have helped build that hovercraft himself. This past spring, students in the school’s Hover Club built a fully functional, 13-foot hovercraft, a vehicle that rides on a cushion of air over land or water. Using a set of mechanical drawings and advice from local experts, the students built the craft with donations from local businesses and guidance from teacher Glenn Burrows. If you’re wondering if a bunch of high school kids can use their academic knowledge and problem-solving skills to build a futuristic vehicle capable of carrying Luke, his two robots, and maybe Obi-Wan Kenobi, too, the answer is a definite “Yes!” Check out the photos below and click here to “watch” the students build their vehicle and learn more about hovercrafts. Club members hope to compete in the 2007 Hoverally, which will be held in Ohio next summer.


Students put the hovercraft through its paces during a demonstration.