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One of the more popular events during Engineers Day is the Quiz Bowl competition sponsored by Tau Beta Pi (the National Engineering Honor Society). 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 30-minute written examination consisting of 60 to 70 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.
In 2012, the team of Isaiah Bell, Derrick Siddel, Sam Cafferty and Sam Shadwell, pictured with Associate Dean Masood Parang (far left), from Hardin Valley STEM Academy, won first place. The winning team received a gold trophy as recognition of their achievement.
A second team from Farragut High School comprised of Austin Staub and Keaton Noon was awarded a silver trophy for second place. For a complete listing of Quiz Bowl results, download the 2012 Quiz Bowl Results.
Another fun and exciting part of the day is the annual High School Balsa Wood Bridge Competition sponsored by the UT Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Schools are encouraged to participate by constructing miniature balsa wood bridges and bring them to Engineers Day to be tested for structural efficiency.
For the 2012 competition, download the 2012 Balsa Wood Bridge Competition Results (PDF).
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, the Materials Advantage student chapter, and student chapter of the Society of Plastic Engineers, 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.
Egg Drop Winners for 2012
1st Place – Logan Calliso. Score: 20.13
School- Houston County High School
2nd Place – Kaylee Sawyer. Score: 23.41
School- Houston County High School
3rd Place – Michael Wall. Score: 24.40
School- Clarksville Academy
For a complete listing of the results, download the Egg Drop 2012 Results.
The Food Battery Competition was sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Materials Research Society (MRS), Student Chapter. Students were asked to design a do-it-yourself battery (or cell) made up with an electrolyte (solid or liquid) from foods only (anything drinkable or edible). This competition serves as a reminder of pressing technological needs that require students to start by getting involved early in seeking feasible solutions that will cause no further harm to our environment.
First place for 2012 was awarded to the team from East High School. For a complete listing of the results, download Food Battery Results.
The Radiation Shielding Competition is new for 2012 and is sponsored by the American Nuclear Society. A radiation shield, simply put, is anything that blocks radiation from an intended target. In this competition, we consider gamma radiation from a laboratory source. Gamma rays are high energy photons speeding through matter until they collide with it. When a gamma ray collides, it deposits energy into the matter. Because gamma rays are so penetrating, it's possible to detect them through other matter (walls, floors, ect...). By using a detector (a device that recognizes incident radiation) we can tell where radiation is coming from.
For a complete listing of the 2012 winners, download the 2012 Radiation Shielding Competition Results.
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