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Citadel News Service

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Feb. 9, 2005

Lowcountry students design bridges and robots

  Engineering Fair Picture

As part of National Engineer’s Week, The Citadel School of Engineering will host its Engineering Fair for Lowcountry Students from 8 a.m. until noon, Sat., Feb. 19 in Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus. Highlights of the annual event include bridge building and robot competitions.

The craft stick bridge competition, tests student-built bridges for strength to weight ratio. Bridges will be loaded at mid-span until they collapse. Students construct bridges 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.

Students will also put their team-built Lego robots to the test in a one-on-one baseball match to determine which robot is best designed.

The fair will also feature interactive math and science student exhibits and electrical engineering student poster displays. Among the displays will be a magnetic levitation train and a fire-detecting robot with 911-calling capabilities.

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 Engineers Joint Council, the Lowcountry Math and Science Regional Center and Ashley Hall School.

The schedule of events is 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
Robotics Competition, 9–10:30 a.m.
Electrical Engineering Student Inventions, 8:30–11 a.m.

For additional information on Engineering Week at The Citadel, go to


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