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Building Bridges at MCC
Students in MCC's Strength of Materials engineering course wrapped up their semester building bridges - literally!
The future engineers, from Professor Michelle Stein's program were tasked with building a balsa wood bridge.  The only specifications for the project dictated that the bridges couldn't exceed 18 inches by four inches by two inches.
Each of the bridges was loaded until collapse.
The winning bridge held over 280 pounds!  Congrats to the winning bridge-builders, Emilio Eldakkache of Chelmsford, Dale Gable of Arlington, and Nicholas Vercollone of Wakefield!!!
The Strength of Materials engineering class is designed to introduce students to stress and analysis of basic structural materials subjected to various pressure loads.  The primary focus of the course is on the concepts of stress and strain at a point, stress-temperature relationships, force and deformation analysis of bodies under loadings and shear and bending moment diagrams!  Whew! 
Our terrific students might bend under stress, but they don't break!
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 11:03 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 2 Comments
Declaration of Independents
MCC Film Production students Sunheng Tain of Lowell, Danylo Kowal of Winchester and Brennan Barrows of Lowell  screened their short film, "Replaced," at the Independent Film Festival Boston's 2017 Student Shorts Showcase. They made the film for a class assignment, and it was shown along with student shorts from Emerson College, Boston University, Tufts University, Bentley University, Endicott College, Fitchburg State University, and MassArt. After the screening, the three participated in an Q&A session for the audience.
Danylo, Brennan and Sunheng Tain are all sophomore students at Middlesex Community College. All three have diverse backgrounds and different career goals, but all come together because of their passion for media production. Danylo Kowal is a communications major focusing on film and television production. Brennan Barrows majors in business marketing, working towards his goal of becoming a creative director. Sunheng Tain, an aspiring actor majoring in liberal studies, would also like to pursue a career in the film and television industry. Danylo, Brennan and Sunheng brought their varying experiences together to produce the short film “Replaced”.

Wanna know more about Replaced?  Here you go:
On a quiet morning, a determined intruder kidnaps an unsuspecting young man from his home. The kidnapper gets rid of his rival with haste and for a purpose-to replace him.
Check out the film here: 

Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) was started in 2003 to provide Boston with the type of film event it had been looking for: one that discovers emerging talent and celebrates the leading edge of cinematic story tellers. A showcase for the best films from around the world—a festival that would bring directors, actors, producers, sponsors, and attendees together in an interactive environment. There were other film festivals in Boston, but there wasn’t a mainstream independent film festival inclusive of everything that made up the film-festival experience.
Since then, the Festival has remained committed to two fundamental goals: to find the best local, national, and global films to share with its community; and to showcase the city to visiting artists, introducing them to savvy audiences and ideal locations for future films.
IFFBoston is a volunteer-run event, and a 501(c)3 organization. The success of IFFBoston can be attributed to the hard-working, passionate, and completely volunteer staff that puts in time year-round. It’s also thanks to the 200+ volunteers who join the effort festival week, sponsors, venues, and the community. Most of all, the organization's success is largely due to an audience that had long wanted and waited for just this kind of festival and continues to support it.
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Posted: Monday, May 08, 2017 10:10 AM by MCC Blog Admin | 3 Comments
Speech! Speech!
Today's blog post comes via Communications Professor Jill Arabas!  Take it away, Jill!
Of all the courses at Middlesex, one of the most transformative is Speech. Many students enter the course petrified of standing in front of an audience. By the end of the semester, they know how to command a room, get their classmates to laugh, and persuade their peers to recycle their trash, visit the Dominican Republic, or vote in the next election.


Middlesex students have been giving speeches on some fascinating topics this semester. Caroline Porter told her classmates about the axolotl, a Mexican salamander on the endangered species list. She even brought two of her pet axolotls into class.

Kimberly Guevara talked about her experience with her beloved ballet pointe shoes, blisters and all, while Jonathan Mendonca explained how to make pizza (and made the class hungry). Rosemary Gathecha gave a talk about her homeland of Kenya, complete with minty candies for the crowd. Briana Serrano narrated a slideshow of her beloved Chicago. And Chase Webber spoke about Lake Baikal in Russia, the world’s deepest lake, which he visited with his engineer father.

“Speech class gives students the chance to learn public speaking in a safe environment,” says Arabas. “It’s a place for students to make mistakes, take chances, and learn not to say ‘um’ and ‘like’ long before they give that speech that really counts – on a job interview or presentation that can change their life.”

“It amazes me the skills that students already bring to the class,” says Prof. Gordon Curry. “The activities used in this class are really tools to help bring out what they already possess but need the right venue in which to try.”

The Speech classes at Middlesex draw students from all majors, from Nursing and Computer Science to Business and Liberal Studies. Public speaking courses are consistently rated among the most useful of college offerings because they give students expertise they can use immediately and far into the future.

“It’s exceeded my expectations,” says Ali Alogaili, who gave his informative speech on happiness. “You learn who you really are and what other people think of you. It gives you the chance to stand in front of everybody and talk about your personal experience, hobbies and skills, and that’s not as easy as it looks.”

Alogaili’s classmates have given speeches ranging from Facebook privacy and Siberian huskies, to how to tell when someone is lying, to what it’s like to be the oldest sibling. Next up are persuasive speeches, followed by everybody’s favorite, the demonstration speech (which often comes with tasty goodies or other kinds of samples).

Depending on the instructor, MCC students also learn to give impromptu, extemporaneous and, of course, special occasion speeches, so they can get practice for that wedding toast, birthday party or eulogy that they’ll eventually have to give.

Best of all, they have a good time doing it.

“The class is so much fun,” says Adrian Gilbert, who recently gave a speech on the basics of soccer. “I’m learning how to be presentable, talk on my feet, make slides and make a presentation. I love being here. I get to talk about what I love. And I get to interact with other students who share the same passions that I do.”

To learn more about programs in the college's Communications program visit  https://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/preview_program.php?poid=2174&catiod=18

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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 1:36 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 2 Comments