Team DMTC News
Third Annual "Rock the School House" Draws a Crowd!
The third annual Rock the School House MECA car audio competition was held Saturday, May 8, at DMTC under perfect blue skies. The turn out, in both competitors and visitors, was the largest in the show's history. It was also the first opportunity to show off Team DMTC's new SPL creation. In addition, the crowd got an up close look at Elite Audio's 32,000 watt "Memphis" van and Rusty Johnson's BMW M3 "Uber" show car.
Mr. Lipp presents the SPL - Best in Show trophy to DMTC student Roger Bowling
Although the team's new SPL install did not perform up to expectations, it did well enough to win its category and score some points toward this year's South Carolina MECA championship. In addition to our SPL vehicle, Mobile Electronics student, Roger "Emery" Bowling, competed in the "Street" SPL category and the "Drive-By" competition with a system he designed and installed himself. Following his impressive overall results, he was awarded the "SPL Best in Show" award. As if that wasn't enough, DMTC's Electronics Instructor, Mr. Lipp, won the "Stock" category in the SQL competition. Although the school year is ending, the MECA season is just beginning. Team DMTC will be headed to Elite Audio in June for the "East Coast Regional" and then in August to the "Elite Summer Nationals" at the Expo Center right here in Spartanburg.
Edward Fowler Named 2009-10 Student of the Year!
Every spring, DMTC holds it's annual "Awards Day" ceremony. One of the highlights is always the annoucements of the "Student of the Year" for each program. This year, the Mobile Electronics student who earned that honor was Broome High School's Edward Fowler.
Mr. Lipp presents the "Student of the Year" award t0 Edward Fowler.
Edward began his study of electronics in the PLTW - Digital Electronics class and made the transition to the "mobile" side of the house this year. He consistently led the class academically and was instrumental in completing this year's project vehicle.
High Speed Printing Using Autonomous Robots!
Members of the Advanced Mobile Electronics class recently visited the local RR Donnelly plant to see some industrial electronics in action. During the tour, the students witnessed up close and personal the technology necessary to print color publications at extremely high speeds. The plant even uses autonomous robots that literally drive thenselves.
This year's "Advanced" class tours the RR Donnelly facility.
RR Donnelley is a global provider of integrated communications. Founded more than 145 years ago, the company works collaboratively with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to develop custom communications solutions. Fortunately for us here at DMTC, one of their largest plants is right around the corner!
Just when we thought our sponsors could not get any more generous, the great folks at Memphis shocked us once again. In an effort to make a serious run at a national championship in the MECA's SPL "Modified" category, Memphis has supplied us with all new amplifiers and subwoofers for what was already a show-stopping vehicle at local events.
This year's "Advanced" class with our huge donation from Memphis!
The new system will feature four 15" Mojo subwoofers with each one being driven by a matching 1500W amplifier. In addition to Memphis' equipment contribution, their tech support department will be assisting the team in designing the custom enclosure that will house all this power. Team DMTC is in for a busy winter of building as we get ready for next year's MECA season and our 3rd annual "Rock The School House" competition next May. Thanks again to all our sponsors, we could not do it without you!
MECA State Champ!
With another strong showing at the MECA South Carolina State Finals, Team DMTC's 2000 Lexus RX300 was named the 2009 SC "State Champ" in the MECA's SPL Modified-4 category. The vehicle, affectionately known as "The Beast" by students, placed first in it's category with a score 0f 148.2dB and won the "Phat Truck" award to boot!
The 2009 South Carolina MECA SPL "Modified" Division Champion
Thanks again to all our sponsors (Kicker, Monster Cable, Tsunami, Boston Acoustics, Alpine Electronics, Powermaster and XS Power) for this vehicle. Special thanks go out to Eric Parker at Elite Audio for his beautiful job in reconstructing our dash and the folks at InPOWER for donating the volt/ammeter panel that completed the system.
A New Look and Sound for an Old Friend
Summer is almost over, and classes will once again be starting here at Daniel Morgan Technology Center. This year's project car is familiar to everyone at DMTC, especially this year's returning "Advanced" class. Our newest undertaking will be a complete sound overhaul for Team DMTC's 1986 Caddilac Sedan DeVille. The goal is to compete in the MECA's SQL "Modified" division starting during the next competition season.
Team DMTC's 1986 Caddilac Sedan DeVille SQL project car.
The vehicle, affectionately known as "The Caddy" by students, has been through the install process before but never with sponsors. The old equipment has already been removed and installed in our classroom's dashboard trainer. Our old friend sits quietly behind the shop waiting for the big project to begin!
When completed, this vehicle will once again feature a head unit and processor courtesy of our friends at Alpine Electronics; and as if there was any doubt, the cabling comes from our long time sponsors at Monster Cable. The rest of the new sound will come from our newset friend and sponsor - Eclipse who will be supplying us all the speakers and amps for this year's big undertaking.
Hopefully, we will be able to find some local support and get a new paint job for our old friend. Without a doubt though, the new system will be something to see at next year's MECA "Rock the School House" competition. Thanks again to our long time friends at Alpine Electronics and Monster Cable for thier help with this project, and their continuing support. Thanks also go out to our new friends at Eclipse for their much needed help and generosity.
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