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Engineers Day Competitions


Quiz Bowl

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 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.

On October 20, 2016, the Oak Ridge High School Wildcats team of Joe Andress, Wilson Huang, Candace Pang, and Adi Sujithkumar won first place. The winning team received a gold trophy as recognition of their achievement.

Oak Ridge High School Quiz Bowl Winners

The “We Are Farragut!” team from Farragut High School, comprised of Elliot Fang, Lily Gao, Wyatt Smithh, and Nalin Varma, was awarded a silver trophy for second place. For a complete listing of Quiz Bowl results, download the Quiz Bowl Competition Results.

Farragut Ridge High School Quiz Bowl Runners Up

ASCE Balsa Wood Bridge Competition

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.

Balsawood Bridge First Place 2016

First Place, above: Philip Arlington from Hampton High School.

Balsawood Bridge Second Place 2016

Second Place, above: Trevor Eller and Cody Vines from Happy Valley High School.

Balsawood Bridge Third Place 2016

Third Place, above: Cassiz Foster and Sam Murillo from Unicoi County CTE High School.

ASCE Balsa Wood Bridge Competition Winners for 2016

First Place – Philip Arlington from Hampton High School
Second Place – Trevor Eller and Cody Vines from Happy Valley High School
Third Place – Cassiz Foster and Sam Murillo from Unicoi County CTE High School

For the 2016 competition, download the 2016 Balsa Wood Bridge Competition Results (PDF).


Egg Drop Competition

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.

Egg Drop Winners for 2016

First Place – Devin Sullivan and Ethan Tornstrom.
Score: 33.01
School: Knoxville Catholic High School

Second Place – Davis Delozier, Hunter Green, and Camden Jones.
Score: 33.98
School: Webb School of Knoxville

3rd Place – Christian Fox, Garrett Mesmer, and Nicholas Pansby.
Score: 36.61
School: Knoxville Catholic High School

For a complete listing of the results, download the Egg Drop 2016 Results.


Penny Boat Competition

The Penny Boat Competition was sponsored by the Engineering Mentor Program (EMP). Competitors worked to determine whether the shape of a boat could affect how much weight it holds - specifically, a foil boat holding pennies.

Groups of two to three were given a square of aluminum foil and a certain number of pennies. Groups constructed a boat out of the foil to hold as many pennies as possible without sinking. Each boat was made from only one of the foil squares.

Boats were tested in a tub of water, one penny at a time. The boat had to float for five seconds before that penny addition counted as successful. Water entering the boat or the boat touching the bottom of the tub was considered sinking, and the last penny added before sinking didn't count toward the penny total.

Penny Boat Competition Winners for 2016

First Place: Jared Isaacs and Stokes Needham from Webb School of Knoxville

Second Place (tie): Jacquelyn Morgan and Jared Whittenbarger from Roane County High School

Second Place (tie): Collin Barczak and Eli Fox from Webb School of Knoxville

Second Place (tie): Timothy Metcalf and Jena Wilson from Pigeon Forge High School

Third Place: Cody Vines and Harley Hill from Hampton High School

For the 2016 competition, download the 2016 Penny Boat Competition Results.


Pneumatic Machine Competition

The Pneumatic Machine Competition was sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Students were asked to design and assemble a simple pneumatic machine with given supplies and limited time. The pneumatic machine had to be able to pick up an object(s) off the ground and be able to life the object(s) on its own without any additional help from the group members or objects not provided.

Penumatic Machine Competition Winners for 2016

First Place: William Blount High School

Second Place: STEM School - Chattanooga

Third Place: Central High School

For a complete listing of the results, download the Pneumatic Machine 2016 Results.


Exhibit Award Winners for 2016

Class I Exhibits
  • First Place: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) - Blob in a Bottle
  • Second Place: Society of Women Engineers (SWE) - Aspire, Advance, and Achieve with SWE
  • Third Place: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) - Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Class II Exhibits
  • First Place: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE) - Biosystems Engineering and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Second Place: Systers: Women in EECS@UTK - Oh the Places You’ll Go as Women in EECS
  • Third Place: Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) - Biomedical Engineering Society
Class III Exhibits
  • First Place (tie): CURENT - Power and Energy Systems Tour
  • First Place (tie): Innovation and Collaboration Studio - Engineering Makerspace
  • Second Place: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Hydraulics Lab Tour
  • Third Place: Engineering Ambassadors - Tickle College of Engineering Tours
 

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