Engineering Theory Put to the Test

CBU’s 7th Annual High School Engineering Competition

Christian Brothers University’s (CBU) School of Engineering will host the 7th annual High School Engineering Competition on Thursday, April 16, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in St. Benilde Hall. This competition challenges students in grades 9-12 to create various devices to compete in one of the following categories: egg drop, CO2 car, balsa crate or tractor pull competition.

The egg drop requires a student to build a “green” package to contain and protect raw chicken eggs from breaking when dropped from a height of 16 feet and more. For the CO2 car competition, students must construct a vehicle powered by the reaction of baking soda and vinegar and must carry a large egg, keeping it intact, in a specified direction over a hard surface such as asphalt, tile, concrete, or brick.

In the balsa crate competition, the CBU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Packaging Program will test the strength of crates created by the student using balsa wood and Elmer’s white glue. The tractor pull requires the assembly of a tractor system that can withstand conflicting demands for load, speed, force, energy consumption, rate of energy release, and so forth.

All participants will receive a t-shirt. Winners awarded first, second and third place will receive cash prizes up to $150.

Entry forms and a $5 entry fee per student-event must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 25. Events are intended for individual competitors. However, partners may enter, but must submit an entry form and pay an entry fee.

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