CSU–Pueblo hosts Engineering Science and Technology Design Contest

East High School and Heaton Middle School will attempt to keep their traveling trophies as champions of the 2008 Colorado State University - Pueblo Engineering, Science and Technology Design Contest. More than 250 students from eight high schools and eight middle schools are registered to participate in the 15th Annual Design Contest next weekend (March 7) in the Occhiato University Center and the Technology Building at CSU-Pueblo.

Students have been organized into 135 teams for the seven-event competition that challenges students’ critical thinking, teamwork, and creative design skills. Five different individual competitions, requiring prior designs, evaluate student-produced projects in areas like mousetrap cars and catapults, concrete barge, moat jumper, and onsite construction. Student-built projects are tested against specific performance criteria. Two additional impromptu strategy events further test students’ ability to communicate, problem solve, and rapidly construct workable solutions when presented with challenges the day of the competition.

Teams will test their designs and strategies for the final competition on Saturday from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the competition, three- and four-member teams compete for the top three places in seven individual events in both middle and high school divisions, as well as for overall middle and high school team awards. Traveling trophies have been established for the top schools in the two categories. Pueblo East High School and Heaton Middle School will be returning to defend their titles at the 2009 event. Top finishers receive technical calculators and other prizes provided by local merchants.

Participating high schools include Alamosa, Pueblo East, Pueblo Technical Academy, Grand Junction, Hoehne, Rye, Wasson from Colorado Springs, and Westminister. Middle schools registering teams include Fountain, Fox Meadow from Colorado Springs, Heaton, Hoehne, Mt. Garfield from Clifton, Ortega from Alamosa, Pleasant View, and Trinidad.

Faculty and student clubs within the CSU – Pueblo College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies (CEEPS) will host the event, which is sponsored and supported by numerous local businesses.

For more information, contact Dr. George Dallam (competition chair) at 719-549-2619 or Dr. Hector Carrasco, dean of CEEPS, at 719-549-2696.

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