Posted February 16, 2011
The Idaho State University School of Engineering will host its annual National Engineers Week Student Competitions on Thursday, Feb. 24, with competitions beginning at 11 a.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.
Students from area high schools will compete with their own designs in six different competitions:
• an edible car race,
• a distance competition for a car made from a mouse-trap,
• strength testing for a popsicle bridge design,
• a design for an electric car that will travel five meters and stop on its own in the shortest amount of time possible,
• a Rube Goldberg machine contest that will require students to design a three-phase machine to lift a 20-ounce water bottle, and
• a perpetual motion contest in which students must design a self-propelled machine to run for at least one hour.
The events allow for friendly competition among the students while affording an opportunity to learn more about engineering designs and applications. The high school students will also have a chance to learn more about ISU and the advantages the School of Engineering has to offer.
Prior to the student competitions there will be an open house in the ISU Lillibridge Engineering Building from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Those attending the open house will have an opportunity to see a few of the engineering laboratories and learn about what engineering students study while at the School of Engineering.
Anyone who would like to learn more about engineering is invited to attend the open house.