Two students in Howell High School’s manufacturing and engineering program have advanced to the 88th
Annual Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society (MITES)
state student project competition. Projects by Howell students Logan
Huff and Austin Rhodes both earned first place prizes in their category
at the MITES Region 8 student project competition, earning the students a
spot at the state competition. Additionally, Huff claimed the “Best of
Division Award.” Both students entered their projects in categories
within the Machine Shop Division.
Huff’s entry was a custom-made
chess set that was entered in the game category. First, Huff designed
each chess piece in the computer-aided-machining software MasterCam.
Once each piece was designed, Huff used a computer-numerical-control
(CNC) machine to create the pieces. Rhodes’ entry was a model cannon
that he entered in the machine models category. Like Huff, Rhodes first
had to design his cannon is MasterCam and then use a CNC machine to
create the various pieces of the cannon. Once he had all of the pieces
created, Rhodes assembled the cannon. Both projects took almost a year
The 88th Annual MITES Professional
Development Conference and Student Project Competition will be held May
11-14 in Lansing. The MITES student project competition features 14
divisions. Each division is divided into several categories. Students
who earn a first through fourth place prize in their division and
category at a regional competition advance to the state competition.