By Kaylee Wilkinson and Madison Balboa

The Roughneck tech club kicked off the year with around 120 students participating in grades sixth through eighth.

Students are currently in the middle of a three week project on designing a variety of coral specimens and construct their own artificial reef using Instructables and Tinkercad.

“We are currently working on a 3D challenge designing coral,” Media Specialist Michelle Cooper said.’’We’re taking a real world problem into perspective.’’

The students are using a 3D design ‘’Tinkercad’’ to design their objects and when the student perfect their design they will export their 3D file to the printer.

“I like 3D printing the most because it’s actually really fun to program and really fun to use,’’ eighth grader Brianna Beamer said.

As students research types of coral, they will choose a design type with linear symmetry, radial symmetry, or fractal to focus on. In the next few weeks, students will have a showcase to share their creations with the public.

Tech Club meets three day each week with one day dedicated to each of the grade levels. The next meeting is tomorrow for eighth grade at 10:55 a.m. in the Library.