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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 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 22, 2015, the Oak Ridge High School team of Tyr Hondorf, Curtis Robertson, Joe Andrews, and Simon Mason won first place. The winning team received a gold trophy as recognition of their achievement.
A team from Hardin Valley High School, comprised of Ramya Deshpande, Weishan Liao, Brady Henderson, Jered Hunn, Sean Toll, Rowan Palmer, and Max Jones, was awarded a silver trophy for second place. For a complete listing of Quiz Bowl results, download the Quiz Bowl Competition 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.
First Place, above: From left, Phillip Arrington and Austin Boling from Happy Valley High School.
Second Place, above: Caitlin Carrico from Hampton High School.
Third Place, above: Luis Reynoso from Unicoi County High School.
ASCE Balsa Wood Bridge Competition Winners for 2015
First Place – Phillip Arrington and Austin Boling from Happy Valley High School
Second Place – Caitlin Carrico from Hampton High School
Third Place – Luis Reynoso from Unicoi County High School
For the 2015 competition, download the 2015 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 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 2015
First Place – Ward Manneschmidt. Score: 30.49
School: Farragut High School
Second Place – Zehari Suggs. Score: 32.04
School: Southwind High School
3rd Place – Kah Choang and Zaky Hussein. Score: 33.98
School: Farragut High School
For a complete listing of the results, download the Egg Drop 2015 Results.
The Newspaper Tower Competition was sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE at UTK). Students were asked to design and assemble a newspaper tower with given supplies and limited time. This competition's goal is to show that in engineering you must be able to work in a team with a tight budget and deadlines while making a safe product.
The team from Webb High School, above, earned first place in the Newspaper Tower Competition.
Newspaper Tower Competition Winners for 2015
First Place: Anderson Baker, Elliott Headden, Daniel Nutt, and Stockton Webb from Webb High School
Second Place: Tyler Morton, Redmond Sweitzer, and Gil Turner from West High School
Third Place: Lara Blockland, Madison Oldendorf, and Max Wildgruber from Oak Ridge High School
The Radiation Shielding Competition was 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.
Radiation Shielding Competition Winners for 2015
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