Skaneateles HS tech class inspires alum

Skaneateles alum Sean Cooper with his award winning project at RIT.

Skaneateles alum Sean Cooper with his award winning project at RIT.

Skaneateles High School alum Sean Cooper came back to his roots for some help with what turned out to be an award-winning project at Rochester Institute of Technology this spring.

Cooper is part of the Imaging Sciences Department at RIT and was involved in a project to create a three dimensional video display. He contacted his former technology teacher, Matthew Slauson, for some advice.

Slauson said that Cooper contacted him “because he knows we frequently do motor control activities in my engineering and technology classes. Sean told me I was the only guy he knew of that knew anything about motor controls.”

Cooper got some long-distance critiques and suggestions from Slauson, and eventually stopped back at school with some technical drawings and information. “We discussed the mechanism he designed and decided to make some minor changes before beginning the fabrication,” said Slauson, who enjoyed working with his old student.

Cooper’s project was displayed at the Imagine Festival, a daylong event where students from the entire campus display their projects. His group had the honor of being one of the few projects to be displayed on the floor of the Arena at RIT, Slauson said proudly. In addition to that, Cooper and his team won an award for best project.

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