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Citadel News Service
31 Jan 2014

Join future engineers for a day of exciting competition at The Citadel

15th annual engineering event promotes STEM in the community

engineering-citadel_01851274Hundreds of students from dozens of Lowcountry schools will put their engineering skills to the test on Saturday, Feb. 15, at The Citadel for the college’s 15th annual Engineers' Week celebration with a trebuchet competition sponsored by Google as well as the Lego robotics and the model bridge building  competitions.

National Engineers' Week was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951 to celebrate the difference engineers make and bring engineering to life for students, educators and parents. The celebration, which takes place the week of George Washington’s birthday, also pays homage to Washington who has been described as America's first engineer and land surveyor.

The public is invited to come out and cheer on the competitors.  The events begin at 8 a.m. and are free. 

This year’s schedule of events:

February 7

MATHCOUNTS, Mark Clark Hall, competition begins at 8:30
The MATHCOUNTS competition strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, to expand their academic and professional opportunities. MATHCOUNTS provides students with experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success.  Winners announced at 1:30 p.m.

February 15

Model Bridge Building, Mark Clark Hall, competition begins at 8:30 a.m.
Bridges made of craft sticks and wood glue will be judged on best structural design, original design and craftsmanship.  Winners will be announced a 12 noon.

Lego Robotics, Mark Clark Hall, competition begins at 8:30 a.m.
Team-built Lego robots face off against each other in a baseball game where the robots must be able to run bases and search for a ball hit into the outfield. In the second competition, Lego golf robots must push cups into a hole while trying to prevent their opponent from capturing their cups.  Winners announced at 12 noon.

Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition, Summerall Field, competition begins at 9:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Google and The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence, all-day the trebuchet competition includes teams of K-12 as well as college students and corporate teams.  Teams launch their trebuchets, a type of medieval catapult, for accuracy, distance, spirit and design.  Hoplite winners will be announced at noon.  All others will be announced at 2:45 p.m.

February 23

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Mark Clark Hall, begins at 1 p.m.
The Citadel along with the Society of Engineers and the Girl Scouts have teamed up to show young girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing the world through a series of interactive activities. 

The Citadel has a rich engineering heritage dating back to 1842, making it the fifth oldest engineering school in the United States. Each year during Engineers Week, The Citadel hosts a number of exciting design competitions for teams of Lowcountry elementary, middle and high school students.

For more information about Engineers' Week go to https://sites.google.com/site/citadeleweek.