This year, there was more to the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition than simply taking tests. Rend Lake College hosted a Team Fun Design Competition during a pizza lunch held at the WYSE testing on Thursday, Feb. 2, in Waugh Gymnasium.
Students were invited to build and compete against each other in several categories: Air-Fueled Vehicle, Mini-Fridge, High-Strength Ductile Structure, Egg Drop and Catapult. Participants were allowed to use only the provided materials to construct their apparatus and they were allowed a maximum of 30 minutes for construction. Winners were given RLC T-shirts.
Air-Fueled Vehicle – Straws, paper, paperclips, tape and Lifesaver candies for wheels were the materials used to create these speed demons. The winners were determined by the vehicle traveling the farthest with one breath. Amanda Hampton and Shelby Jolly of Waltonville High School won the contest with a distance of 40 centimeters.
Catapult – Constructed of a ruler, plastic spoon, tape and three rubber bands, the winners of this contest were decided by the catapult which threw a cotton ball the farthest total linear distance, using the sum of three trials. Overall winners were Sydney Nulsen, Isaac Hester and Brendan McGhee of Mt. Vernon Township High School with a total distance of 2,402 centimeters. The farthest single throw was made by Josh Winchester, Sejal Patel and Debbie Jayne of MVTHS for a distance of 957 centimeters, but they were unable to win due to a misfire on their first trial.
Egg Drop – In a potentially messy contest, students constructed devices made of up to 15 straws, 10 popsicle sticks and a meter of masking tape to prevent an egg from breaking at the highest drop point. Winners were John David Lemke of Webber Township High School and Kathy Vanderjack and Kayla Millikin of Pinckneyville Community High School.
High-Strength Ductile Structure – These structures were made from straws and marshmallows and spanned 10 inches, with the winning setup determined by supporting the largest amount of pennies placed in a plastic cup on the structure. The structure designed by winners Landon Brooks and Jaime England of Waltonville High School held 43 pennies.
Mini-Fridge – Students were challenged to create a miniature refrigerator out of a cardboard box, waxed paper, masking tape, newspaper, aluminum foil and four rubber bands. The winner was determined by the ice cube that lost the least percentage of mass in 30 minutes. The winners, Kathy Vanderjack and Kayla Millikin of Pinckneyville Community High School, only lost 6.9 percent of their ice cube in the allotted time.
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