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Balsa Wood Bridge Competition

Engineers Day Competitions

Competitions for Engineers Day 2019 include six competitions hosted by organizations from the college. This year’s competitions included the Balsa Wood Bridge Competition, the Egg Drop Competition, the Rocky Top Stand Competition, the Penny Boat Challenge, Quiz Bowl, and the Radiation Shielding Competition. View a full list of rules and regulations for the competitions.


Balsa Wood Bridge Competition

Hosted by: American Society of Civil Engineers

Schools design and build miniature balsa wood bridges, bring them to Engineers Day, and are tested by ASCE Student Members for structural efficiency.


Egg Drop Competition

Hosted by: Materials Research Society

The Egg Drop Competition has quickly become one of the most popular events at Engineers Day. Sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Advantage student chapter, this competition encourages students to design a device that will protect a “free range” grade A egg from breaking when dropped with the focus being on the materials used to protect the egg.


Rocky Top Stand Competition

The objective is for students to design a structure out of a foam board. The structure needs to be at least 6 inches off the ground and it has to be big enough for them to stand on it with both feet. .


Penny Boat Challenge

Hosted by: Engineering Mentor Program

Students will construct a boat out of tin foil to hold pennies. Points will be given for both the ability of the boat to float, but also for the number of pennies held.


Quiz Bowl

Hosted by: Tau Beta Pi

The Quiz Bowl gives visiting students a chance to show how much they know about science and math topics by working in teams of four to complete a thirty-minute written examination consisting of sixty to seventy multiple choice questions. The four teams with the best scores advance to the semifinal round, and the contest concludes with the two top teams going head-to-head for the coveted Quiz Bowl Championship.


Radiation Shielding Competition

Hosted by: American Nuclear Society

Students must make a shield no larger than the dimensions stated and no bigger than 15 grams that will be the best at shielding gamma rays. We will use a Cobalt-60 source and an NaI detector to determine the count rate from various distances from the shield.

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