Teams from nine high schools will compete for more than$40,000in scholarship money when the third annual Engineering Olympics is heldApril 5, 2013 at Wilkes University. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center. The event is sponsored by the University’s Division of Engineering and the Wilkes chapter of IEEE (also know as I-Triple E or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.)
Media are invited to cover the competition events. Opportunities include:
- 11 a.m. – noon – Teams construct projects
- Noon-2 p.m. – Judges test student projects
- 2:45 p.m. – Awards presentation
Schools compete in five hands-on engineering activities – one event in environmental engineering, one in electrical engineering and three in mechanical engineering. These include designing a gravity car and building a tower made with a limited amount of materials that is capable of withstanding the maximum wind load produced by a fan. The parachute drop tasks students with designing a parachute that takes the longest to reach the groundwhen dropped with an attached load.
The winning team’s members each will receive a $1,000 scholarship annually for four years if they attend Wilkes in scholarship money.
Participating schools include Greater Nanticoke Area, Pittston Area, Lehighton, Hamburg Area, West Scranton Area, Meyers, Dunmore Area, Easton Area, and Forrest City Regional high schools.
This year’s corporate sponsors include NEPIRC, sponsoring two teams, InterMetro Industries, Quadrant, Lightspeed Technologies, Lehighton Electronics, and Fairchild Semiconductors. Sponsors pay for team t-shirts and help to coach their sponsored team.
For more information, please contact Vicki Mayk, associate director of public relations, at (570) 466-5532. Interview contact on site is Rodney Ridley, professor and chair, Wilkes University Division of Engineering.