Mar 4, 2010 3:05 PM by Greg Boyce
More than 175 students from five high schools and five middle schools will participate in the 16th Annual Engineering, Science and Technology Design Contest Satujrday at CSU-Pueblo. The students have been organized into 104 teams for the seven-event competition that challenges students' critical thinking, teamwork, and creative design skills.
Five different individual competitions, including performance of mousetrap powered cars and catapults, bridge building, and on-site 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, two- and three-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 Trinidad Middle School will be returning to defend their titles. Top finishers receive technical calculators and other prizes.
Participating high schools include Alamosa, Pueblo East, Pueblo Technical Academy, Rye, and Wasson from Colorado Springs. Middle schools registering teams include Fountain, Heaton, Ortega from Alamosa, Sabin from Colorado Springs, and Trinidad.