Engineering team redefines the park experience for Skills USA project

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Team members Caleb Griffith, Gabriel Barron, and Lucinta Lee work on their project by surveying the area. (Photo by Kennedy Stidham)

Team members Caleb Griffith, Gabriel Barron, and Lucinta Lee work on their project by surveying the area. (Photo by Kennedy Stidham)
Team members Caleb Griffith, Gabriel Barron, and Lucinta Lee work on their project by surveying the area. (Photo by Kennedy Stidham)

When someone mentions a park, most people think of a place where there is a swing, a slide, and maybe some monkey bars. A place to connect with nature or your inner child. But it is now the 21st century, and people often spend time at the park on their devices taking pictures, streaming music or tweeting. ┬áThat’s why the Skills USA Engineering chapter brought Wi-Fi to Armstrong Park for their project.

“I was quite excited to get on board with this project,” senior Gabriel Barron said.

The community service project for Skills USA project has a purpose to encourage the teammates to use their skills to benefit their communities.

“Although the project does not affect the environment, it greatly helps the community,” junior Caleb Griffith said.

Griffith said that Wi-Fi at the park allows the visitors to have access to internet in a safe, enjoyable environment.

“I know this was a perfect opportunity to gain experience and apply the knowledge we learned,” said Barron. “Later on we plan on expanding Wi-Fi coverage to other parks in the city of Duncanville.”

A previous group installed Wi-Fi at Lakeside Park last year.

“The students who initially developed the project inspired me to develop the project more and more,” senior Lucinta Lee said. “It was an honor and an award to keep the project moving and it feels good being able to help the community.”

Besides helping the community, the project allows them  to show leadership, responsibility and professionalism.

“I am very excited about the project that the students are working on,” engineering teacher Eika Johnson said. “The project encouraged the students to to use their arsenal of skills to become better leaders.”