Disposal info box, pedestrian safety video highlight work

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: LISA K. ANDERSON - David Cipriano and Jacob Barnett, manufacturing students at Center for Advanced Learning, share their capstone project. Their teaching tool box will be used by the city of Gresham to demonstrate how to properly dispose of household wastes.

Thanks to manufacturing students at Center for Advanced Learning, the city of Gresham has a “Don’t pain the drain” game to use for city outreach events this summer.

Students created the informational teaching tool box to illustrate proper disposal of common household wastes. If the person picks the wrong disposal, the box lets out a loud screech.

Seniors David Cipriano (project manager), Jacob Barnett and Grant Turner expanded upon previous students’ design for their capstone project, enhancing the info box for public use.

“It feels good that a piece of our work is going to be used somewhere,” Cipriano said. “It could be used for kids or whoever wants to play the game.”

The three seniors from the Reynolds School District plan to attend Mt. Hood Community College next year, with Cipriano pursuing manufacturing, Barnett pursuing industrial design and Turner pursuing business.

“The students are putting forth an educational service — something that can educate the public about disposal,” said Christopher Engstrom, first-year mechanical engineering and manufacturing instructor.

In addition to the buttons, batteries and switches the students devised for the info box, they have created underwater brackets for the fire department. Barnett has even designed a unicycle during his time at CAL.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: LISA K. ANDERSON - The 'Don't pain the drain' game helps educate the public about proper waste disposal.

Along with the manufacturing project, two digital media students at CAL, CJ Olney and Steven Neal, have created “Pedestrian Safety: Push, look, walk and be safe,” a video highlighting the city of Gresham’s seven Rapid Rectangular Flash Beacons (RRFB).

The RRFBs enhance marked crosswalks and help keep pedestrians safe, with studies showing that the flashers result in an 85 percent or greater compliance rate of drivers stopping.

“We are fortunate to work with the city of Gresham this year,” said Barb Myers, CAL’s digital media instructor. “CAL students learned how to create PSA’s or mini-documentaries about various city of Gresham services — they pitched their ideas, planned their productions, filmed on location and then edited their final spots. Working on projects with community partners gives students real-world experience that is meaningful beyond high school.”

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO:  CANE PREVOST - CJ Olney and Steven Neal, CAL digital media students, accept awards from Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis for their pedestrian safety video.

With a goal of highlighting city services through the lens of students, the city will use this video to further promote public safety.

Flashers are now at Halsey Street and 172nd Avenue, Eastman Parkway at MAX, Civic Street at MAX, Stark Street and 179th Avenue, 182nd Avenue and Main Street and Division Street at Gresham-Fairview Trail.

See the video on the city’s website at

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