GHS Students Compete at Engineering Expo

Salma Serr

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On Friday, Apr. 20, the students who are enrolled in the Introduction to Engineering and Design received the chance to participate in the 2018 Engineering Expo that took place at the Swiftel Center in Brookings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It was a very successful day for some students such as Keeley Klein and Dylan Borszich who won first place with 80 points and no penalties in the Scrambler. Also for the Scrambler, Cenek Kapsar, Luke Murray, and Blase Steffen won fourth place with no penalties.

The Engineering Expo consists of different contests for high school students to compete in for prizes and the chance to meet college students, educators, manufacturing firms, and the general public. This year the competitions included the Bridge Builder, Hill Climber, Photovoltanic Cannon, Rocket Car, Impromptu Design, Human Wallpaper, Mathematics, and the Scrambler.

All Gregory students competed in the Scrambler, Human Wallpaper, and Impromptu Design.  The Scrambler is a competition where students build a machine that will launch two eggs at a horizontal target 29 ft. away.  The students’ machines must fit in a 50 cm cube, and they cannot be touched within 5 seconds of launching the eggs.  Both eggs must be launched within a two-minute time limit.  The Human Wallpaper competition had students tape a team member to a wall. Teams have five minutes and one role of duct tape to complete the task.  The heaviest person on each team was taped to the wall, and the person who stayed up for the longest time using the least tape won. The Impromptu Design teams were challenged to make the best design of a task using limited materials in 30 minutes.  This year, the teams had to make a structure to hold a racketball above the table for 10 seconds using only straws, pipe cleaners, and paper clips.  The team with the tallest structure won.

“I thought the day was a huge success.  The Gregory engineers did extremely well in the competitions.  I was proud of all of the participants.  Placing first and fourth in the scrambler was a huge accomplishment.  More importantly, they were exposed to engineering as a major and a career.  What engineers do and how they affect our daily lives goes largely unnoticed, and it is important for students to see all of the different possibilities that the engineering profession has to offer,” Engineering teacher Mike Murray said.

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