Students from around the Coastal Bend put their minds and building skills to the test as they competed at Engineering Day.
The objective: to get a marble to move from a set place into a cup. That's the goal students were presented with at an Engineering Week challenge over at Texas A&M University Kingsville.
Students had to create a device to achieve their goal based on Isaac Newton's third law of motion, "for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction."
"It was fun," said Morgen Martinez, an 8th grader who participated. "You get to learn how to work with other people."
Teams of students worked in groups for the contest, learning a bit about science, engineering and teamwork in the process.
"If you don't work as a team, then you don't have as many ideas to bounce off of and go back and forth through," explained Kendal Kolb, another 8th grader at the contest.
Finished contraptions were judged on accuracy, engineering knowledge and design creativity.