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Citadel News Service
1 Mar 2010

Young engineers show off their skills

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Theresa Elj screamed with excitement when the bridge she and her partner Sydney built survived the 100-pound weight test during the bridge building competition at The Citadel School of Engineering’s 11th Annual Engineering Fair Saturday. This was the second year that the seventh grader from Summerville Catholic participated in the fair. She was one of 43 students participating in the bridge building competition, a competition that tests the strength to weight ratio of bridges constructed entirely from popsicle sticks.

The Engineering Fair drew a large crowd of middle school and high school students who wished to showcase their skills. The fair is designed to expose Lowcountry middle and high school students to fundamental math and science principles for understanding engineering issues and methods. 

“It is important to convey that engineers have fun,” said Maj. Keith Plemmons, an associate professor with the department of civil and environmental engineering. Plemmons was in charge of the bridge competition.

In addition to the bridge competition, the fair hosted a robotics competition where students participated in Lego robot golf and baseball tournaments. In the baseball competition, one robot hits a ball off a tee and runs bases while the other tries to find and capture the ball.  The robots then switch places and play again.  In the golf competition, each team tries to push plastic cups into a hole in the middle of the playing field.  In both competitions, the robots must think and make decisions on their own with no intervention from the teams. The robotic competitions drew in 43 students, 16 teams from middle school and three from high school. All three competitions generated a great deal of excitement among the participants. Not only were the students able to learn a great deal about engineering, but they had fun doing it.

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“The best thing about it is giving these young people the opportunity to engage in a real engineering design problem,” said Maj. Mark McKinney, an associate professor with the department of electrical engineering, “and it sure is fun to watch them get excited and compete.”  
 
The fair also consisted of interactive displays of inventions designed and built by electrical engineering senior design teams of Citadel cadets.  Inventions included an energy harvesting robot, an automatic child protection system, a sudden infant death syndrome monitoring system, and a guitar trainer.

“Engineering Week is an exciting time for us,” said Dennis Fallon, dean of the School of Engineering.  “It is 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.”

by Cadet Robert Palmer

Photos by Cadet Melissa Meyers


2010 RESULTS

BRIDGE COMPETITION

Middle School Division

Best Structural Design
1st Place- Summerville Catholic   C.J. Erwin, Nick Baden
2nd Place- Summerville Catholic   Freddy Brown, Milos Toth
3rd Place- Macedonia Middle   Demi Herndin, Katherine Herndin
HM- Summerville Catholic   Ricardo Kuwae, Alex Toscano

Best Architectural Design (most aesthetic structure)
1st Place-  Summerville Catholic   Sydney, Teresa Elj
2nd Place- Summerville Catholic   Ricardo Kuwae, Alex Toscano
3rd Place- Summerville Catholic   Kerstin Toscano
HM- Summerville Catholic   Christan Martinez

Most Original Design (including design documentation)
1st Place- Summerville Catholic  Sydney, Teresa Elj
2nd Place- Summerville Catholic  Jack Goodall, Alec Elsenstein
3rd Place- Berkley Middle    Eli Dessuaso
HM- Macedonia Middle   Demi Herndin, Katherine Herndin

Most Constructible (Functional aspects of the bridge assembly)
1st Place- Summerville Catholic  Jack Goodall, Alec Elsenstein
2nd Place- Berkley Middle   Eli Dessuaso
3rd Place- Summerville Catholic  Sydney, Teresa Elj
HM- Summerville Catholic   Trey Chew

Best Craftsmanship (Quality of the finished product)
1st Place- Summerville Catholic  Ricardo Kuwae, Alex Toscano
2nd Place- Summerville Catholic  Trey Chew
3rd Place- Summerville Catholic  Sydney, Teresa Elj
HM- Summerville Catholic   Jack Goodall, Alex Elsenstein

High School Division

Best Structural Design
1st Place- Wando     Leah Gordon, Katherine Sampson
2nd Place- Wando     Will Drohan, Lauren Courtney, Dilly Hughes
3rd Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
HM- Wando      Ellori McPherson, Andrew Welch

Best Architectural Design (most aesthetic structure)
1st Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
2nd Place- Wando     Ellori McPherson, Andrew Welch
3rd Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
HM- James Island     Anthony Cargile

Most Original Design (Including design documentation)
1st Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
2nd Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
3rd Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
HM- James Island     Anthony Cargile

Most Constructible (functional aspects of the bridge assembly)
1st Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
2nd Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
3rd Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
HM- Wando      Will Drohan, Lauren Courtney, Dilly Hughes

Best Craftsmanship (quality of the finished product)
1st Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
2nd Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
3rd Place- James Island     Anthony Cargile
HM- Wando      Ellori McPherson, Andrew Welch

ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS

Golf Competition

Upper Division 1st Place Winner
Warrior Bots (Wando High School) 
Savannah Cochrane 9th Grade
Maddy Dwyet 9th Grade

Lower Division 1st Place
LMS (Lang Middle School)
Andrew McGrevey 6th Grade
Connor Davey 6th Grade
Samson Allen 6th Grade

Lower Division 2nd Place
Crimson Tide (Lang Middle School)
Derek Hastings

Lower Division Honorable Mention
Robotallions (Macedonia Middle)
Ryder Henderson 5th Grade
Christian Billwood 5th Grade

Baseball Competition

Upper Division 1st Place
Symphony Destruction (Berkely High School)
Dorothy Skinner 11th Grade
Tyler Owens 9th Grade
Dallas Herndon 10th Grade

Lower Division 1st Place
The Terminator (Berkely Middle School)
Caleb Dennis 8th Grade
 
Lower Division 2nd Place
Fox Bots (Macedonia Middle School)
Ryan Vanwyk 6th Grade
Viktoria Bell 5th Grade

Lower Division Honorable Mention
Landstalkers (Berkeley Middle School)
Jose Giron-Leon 7th Grade
Dustin Fleming 8th Grade
Tyler Mills 7th Grade

 

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