Competitions for Engineers Day 2018 will include six competitions hosted by organizations from the college. This year’s competitions will include the Balsa Wood Bridge Competition, the Egg Drop Competition, the Movers Challenge, 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.
Hosted by: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
The objective is to design and build a device that would move a marble across a room at least 12 ft with the materials specified.
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.
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.
Check out the results from last year’s Engineers Day.
One of the more popular events of 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.
|Farragut High School Team A||1st|
|Knoxville Catholic High School Team A||2nd|
|Hardin Valley Academy||3rd|
|Farragut High School Team B||4th|
|Webb School of Knoxville||5th|
|L&N Stem Academy Team A||6th|
|Oak Ridge High School||7th|
Another fun and exciting part of the day is the High School Balsa Wood Bridge Competition sponsored by the UT Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Schools are encouraged to construct miniature balsa wood bridges and bring them to Engineers Day to be tested for structural efficiency.
|Hampton High School||1160.09||1st|
|Happy Valley High School||1019.58||2nd|
|Heritage High School||956.02||3rd|
|Unaka High School||898.01||4th|
|Lenoir City High School||884.60||5th|
|Pigeon Forge High School||694.10||6th|
|Maryville Christian School||366.62||8th|
|Oak Ridge High School||351.83||9th|
|Alcoa High School||341.68||10th|
|Jefferson County High School||336.08||11th|
|Rhea County High School||290.02||13th|
|Galtinburg-Pittman High School||264.05||14th|
|William Blount High School||156.21||16th|
|STEM School Chattanooga||142.82||17th|
|L&N STEM Academy||136.59||18th|
|Silverdale Baptist Academy||114.88||19th|
|McMinn Central High School||DNQ||–|
|Sullivan South High School||DNQ||–|
|Unicoi County High School||DNQ||–|
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, students must 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.
|Trinity Camillo – Hampton High School||43.1182796||1st|
|Keith laBudde – Daniel Boone High School||47.25806452||2nd|
|Gabe Peck – L&N STEM Academy||50.80645161||3rd|
Competitors must determine whether the shape of a boat could affect how much weight it holds, specifically, a foil boat holding pennies. The competition is sponsored by the Engineering Mentor Program.
Groups of two to three are given a square of aluminum foil and a certain number of pennies. Groups must construct a boat out of the foil to hold as many pennies as possible without sinking.
Boats are tested in a tub of water, one penny at a time. The boat must float for five seconds before each added penny is counted as successful. Water entering the boat or the boat touching the bottom of the tub is considered sinking, and the last penny added before sinking doesn’t count toward the penny total.
|Heritage High School – Dylan White and Madison Galbstra
Hampton High School – Zack Oliver and Kole Fisk
|L&N STEM Academy – Hunter Harris, Zander Chupp, Michael Sevier, and Zach Medley||307||2nd|
|Silverdale Baptist Academy – Tim Moyers and Nathan Frisk||304||3rd|
|Rhea County High School||298||4th|
|L&N Stem Academy||286||5th|
|Heritage High School||244||6th|
|Oak Ridge High School||243||7th|
|Central High School||200||9th|
|Jefferson County High School||199||10th|
|The King’s Academy||184||11th|
|Hampton High School||183||12th (tied)|
|Jefferson County High School||183||12th (tied)|
|Pigeon Forge High School||172||14th|
|L&N STEM Academy||165||15th|
|Stone Memorial High School||164||16th|
|Halls High School||156||17th|
|Halls High School||147||19th|
|Central High School||121||21st|
|Hampton High School||106||22nd|
|Halls High School||105||23rd|
|Heritage High School||84||24th|
|STEM School of Chattanooga||64||25th|
|Central High School||50||26th (tied)|
|Heritage High School||50||26th (tied)|
Students are asked to design and assemble a balloon-powered car with given supplies and limited time. The balloon-powered car must be able to travel in a line on its own without any additional help from the group members or objects not provided.
In engineering, you must be able to work in a team to complete a project while considering the time constraint, structural design, and performance. On Engineers Day, your team will be given a limited set of materials to make the balloon-powered car and given 30 minutes to complete. The limited materials that will be provided are limited popsicle sticks, limited straws, 2 dowels, 2 wheels, and tape. Once the balloon-powered cars are built, the cars will race in groups of five to a predestined finish line. The balloon-powered cars that finished first in each round will have a final race, from which the first, second, and third place cars will be determined.
While the balloon-powered car will be built on Engineers Day, students are encouraged to look for possible design options ahead of time. The competition is sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
|Panthers – Stone Memorial High School||36 feet||1st|
|Eagles – Rhea County High School||44 feet||2nd|
|Tigers – Pigeon Forge High School||45 feet||3rd|
|Bobcats B-Team – Central High School||47 feet||4th|
|Webb Boolon Team – Webb School of Knoxville||56 feet||5th|
|Bobcats A-Team – Central High School||57 feet||6th|
|Team 1 – STEM Co-op||66 feet||7th|
|Jaguars – West High School||79 feet||8th|
|Team 2 – STEM Co-op||85 feet||9th|
|Panthers 2 – Stone Memorial High School||85 feet||9th|
|Trojans – West High School||86 feet||11th|
|The Stanleys – L&N STEM Academy||87 feet||12th|
|Wildcats – Oak Ridge High School||89 feet||13th|
|Team 3 – STEM Co-op||90 feet||14th|
|Bulldogs – Hampton High School||96 feet||15th|
|Dream Team – Harriman High School||96 feet||15th|
|Pythons – STEM School Chattanooga||97 feet||17th|
|Baloonatics – Webb School of Knoxville||–||–|
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, etc.). By using a detector (a device that recognizes incident radiation) we can tell where radiation is coming from.
This has a very large impact on nuclear security. When radioactive materials are transported across our borders or into our country, they release this radiation and that allows us to find them. But what happens when they are shielded from our detectors? To understand how to detect shielded materials, we must first understand how they might be shielded.
Students will be asked to build a radiation shield (made before coming to campus for the competition) which will then be tested using a Cobalt source to emit gamma rays.
|Kingston High School||8.91692||1st|
|Kingston High School||9.33908||2nd|
|Kingston High School||9.720401||3rd|
|Stone Memorial High School||12.3947||4th|
|Pigeon Forge High School||22.58065||5th|
|Webb School of Knoxville||53.45131||6th|
|Pigeon Forge High School||55.25415||7th|
|Jefferson County High School||74.99785||8th|
|Webb School of Knoxville||160.5185||9th|
|Webb School of Knoxville||163.3233||10th|
|Webb School of Knoxville||242.5822||11th|
|L&N STEM Academy||690.6069||12th|
|William Blount High School||924.6017||14th|
|Webb School of Knoxville||1046.945||16th|
|William Blount High School||1245.907||17th|
|Rhea County High School||2162.741||18th|
The Tech CarniVol Student Organization sponsors a science and engineering festival for students in conjunction with the Engineers Day event. They offer five competitions of which three are more suitable for high school students to participate in, “RoboRage Harvest,” “Capture the Flag,” and “Houston, we have a problem!”. Visit Tech Carnivol for competition information. Please contact Tech Carnivol at 865-582-5362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions regarding the Tech CarniVol Festival.
Class I Exhibits
- First Place: Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Assembly Contest
- Second Place: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Robotics
- Third Place: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Biochar
Class II Exhibits
- First Place: Society of Automotive Engineers, EcoCAR
- Second Place: NASA University Leadership Initiative, Wind Tunnel Demonstration
- Third Place: Institute of Transportation Engineers, Using Transportation Technology to Improve Safety, Mobility, Efficiency, and Sustainability
Class III Exhibits
- First Place: Biomedical Engineering Department, SynDaver Lab Tour
- Second Place: Engineering Ambassadors, Tickle College of Engineering Tours
- Third Place: Engineering Makerspace, Innovation and Collaboration Studio