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Citadel News Service
28 Jan 2010

Engineering cadets host bridge building and robotics competitions for Lowcountry students

The Citadel School of Engineering will celebrate National Engineers’ Week with the 11th Annual Engineering Fair for middle and high school students on Feb. 13 in Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall.  The fair will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at noon.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Annual Engineering Fair is designed to expose Lowcountry middle and high school students to fundamental math and science principles for understanding engineering issues and methods.  Highlights of the annual event include the bridge building and the robotics competitions.

The craft stick bridge competition tests bridges for strength to weight ratio.  Bridges constructed of craft sticks and wood glue will be loaded at mid-span until they collapse.  The maximum load divided by the bridge weight will determine students’ scores.  Awards will be presented for maximum strength to weight ratio, maximum load and lightest bridge to hold minimum load of 2500 grams.  Awards are also given for most original design, most constructible and best craftsmanship.

In the robotics competition, students pit their team-built Lego robots against each other in a one-on-one baseball match.  The robots must think and make decisions on their own. 

The fair will also feature interactive displays of inventions designed and built by the electrical engineering senior design teams.  These inventions include an energy harvesting robot, an automatic child protection system, a sudden infant death syndrome monitoring system, and a guitar trainer.

National Engineers’ Week, or EWeek, is held every year during the week of George Washington’s birthday.  It is co-sponsored with the Charleston Engineers Joint Council.  For more information on EWeek, go to www.citadel.edu/eweek.

Engineering Week is an exciting time for us,” said Col. Dennis Fallon, dean of the School of Engineering.  “It’s an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the work of our cadets as well as introduce the field of engineering to middle and high school students.”

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