Students take love for learning to new depths

6:34 PM, Jan 17, 2014   |    comments
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FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Four students at Freeport High School have taken their love for learning to a whole new level, forming their own business in an effort to design and build a remote operated vehicle that could be used far below the ocean's surface.

The three seniors; Liam Wade, Nicholas Nelsonwood, Travis Libsack and junior Josef Biberstein came together to work on engineering projects in school and realized they had a love for science and enjoyed working as a group. 

They decided to find a project outside the classroom to focus their attention on, and after extensive research and a couple ideas that didn't fly, they settled on making a remote controlled submarine.

"A lot of the submarines are either really large or not very capable, so we thought we could make something new that didn't already exist," explained Nelsonwood.   "Our idea is to have a float on the surface that we can do wireless communication with, that way you don't have to be attached to it with a boat, and then the actual submersible will be attached to that float."

In order to raise capital to fund research and development, the teens formed their own company, Limbeck Engineering, LLC

"We try not to consider ourselves as high school students, like whenever we go into a business meeting it is very professional," stated Wade.  "Once they realize what we've done, they take us more seriously."

To help raise money the students have been selling t-shirts and even created a crowd sourcing campaign to help them reach their goal. 

They say starting a business has been easier than they predicted, but there is a long way to go before they have a prototype in hand and ready for sea trials.

"It is not easy," said Biberstien.  "It requires a lot of trial and error, a lot of redoing, a lot of experimenting, a lot of taking apart and starting over."

The budding businessmen hope to have the machine ready to test sometime this spring.



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