Posted: Feb 22, 2013 5:10 PM by Morgan Frances - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Feb 22, 2013 5:42 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Moody High School students participated in a competition today called the "Engineering Olympics." The competition took innovation, brain power, and a whole lot of patience.
Students were given the tools and the technology but the imagination and innovation was up to them. The teens spent the whole day completely constructing and fine tuning cardboard boats, chariots and race cars out of just zip ties, DVDs, wheels and wood.
Competition organizers gave the students some unlikely materials to work with and the students had to come up with a design in hopes that their device would have what it takes to win this year's Engineering Olympics. With just some simple tools, the Moody kids feel almost like they're reinventing the wheel; but some other teams almost felt like they were breaking it after building attempts fell short.
The dean for STEM Instruction and Student Services, Tina Dellinger said making mistakes was all part of today's competition. "The process our students are learning of, the design process and solving those problems, is going to make them more competitive and is going to help them in the engineering classes they take in college," Dellinger said.
It's not just in college, however, but beyond. A large majority of the students in today's competition already know they want to go into some form of engineering as a career.
"It gets us prepared for college," said Moody Sophomore Benjamin Galicia. "When we go and visit colleges, we're doing stuff now that they're doing their junior and senior years in college so we just have a jump start on our career."
By starting out on a smaller engineering scale, the students are getting the foundation they'll need to pull them through tougher classes down the line. While many of them doubt they'll have to construct a boat out of cardboard and duct tape out there in the real world, today they realized something they will need: the troubleshooting and teamwork it takes to get the job done.
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