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Citadel News Service

For release
February 23, 2004

Students build robots and bridges

           As part of National Engineers' Week, The Citadel School of Engineering will host its annual Engineering Fair for Lowcountry Students from 8 a.m. until noon, Sat., Feb. 28 in Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus.

           A special feature of this year’s fair is the new robotics competition. High school and middle school students from Berkeley County will put their team-built Lego robots to the test in a head-to-head baseball competition against other team robots to see which robot is best designed.

           Another competition, the craft stick bridge competition, tests student-built bridges for strength to weight ratio. Bridges will be loaded at mid-span until they collapse. Bridges are constructed by students using only craft sticks and carpenter’s wood glue. 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. Additional awards will include most original design, most constructible and best craftsmanship.

           There will also be a mad science program and a display of cadet senior design projects. Some of the many inventions on display will be a team-built submarine, a magnetic levitation device, and a voice-controlled toy tank.

           The annual event is designed to expose Lowcountry middle and high school students to fundamental math and science principles for understanding engineering issues and methods. It is sponsored by The Citadel School of Engineering and the Charleston District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with the Charleston Area Engineers Joint Council and Ashley Hall School.

           The schedule of events are as follows:
                      Model Bridge Competition
                      Registration 8–9 a.m.
                      Judging 8:30–10 a.m.
                      Bridge Testing 10-11:30 a.m.
                      Compilation of Results 11:30 a.m.– noon
                      Mad Science Program 9-10 a.m.
                      Robotics Competition 10–11:30 a.m.
                      Cadet Inventions 8 a.m. –noon

           For additional information, please contact Maj. Jeff Davis at or call 843.953.7687.



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