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High school returns to hovercraft scene

May/June 2003

By Marquis Songer

Terre Haute North Vigo High School is building another hovercraft after a four-year break. The transportation technology class taught by Mike Dason has started construction of a Universal Hovercraft UH-13P.

Terre Haute North was the first high school in the Hoverclub of America DiscoverHover One Program, and has previously built six UH-10F Entry Level hovercraft.

"It was time for a change, and we also wanted a craft that the kids could take their parents or friends out for a ride," replied Dason when asked why he chose the 13P design over others.

Once the 13P is completed it will serve as a recruiting and student motivation tool for the school's Transportation Technology course. "The goal is to finish this craft and then start building UH-10Fs again. When the time comes and the students need a little motivation we'll get out the 13P and go for a ride to get them excited again.

The class has secured a $1,000 grant through Indiana Chances for Youth and has also received help from a local machine shop and Dow Chemical. They are currently working with a local engineering firm in hopes of getting the engine donated.

Terre Haute North has produced three students who have since gone on to be Hoverclub of America (HCA) regulars.

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