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March 21, 2000
STEVENS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SWEEP ENGINEERING WEEK PROJECTS
Ninth grade students from Stevens High School took first place in all of the projects at the National Engineers Week Grubby Contests held at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The projects all reflect some concept from engineering or science expressed as a competition- based event.
The winning students are:
Tyler Bruckner took first in the aluminum boat competition where he designed and built a boat from aluminum foil that supported the largest number of pennies;
Jamie Didier placed first in the marble maze competition where she had to navigate a marble through a maze and back to the starting point in the shortest amount of time;
Kate Dzintars won the construction contest to build the longest spanning bridge from only two sheets of paper and some tape;
Colby Larson built the tallest freestanding tower from two sheets of paper and twelve inches of masking tape;
Ashley Nord found the largest number of marbles in the bottom of Oblek ( a non- Newtonian fluid that behaves like a liquid when no stress is applied, but becomes solid under stress);
Andrew Perez showed top talent in building a tall tower from only marshamllows and toothpicks;
Kenny Potvin was able to trace a path through a maze while viewing the maze only in a mirror, which reversed forward and back movement while leaving left and right motion uneffected;
Kenny Potvin also was the first place winner of the egg drop competition.
A trophy is given to the student who accumulates the greatest number of points in the events entered. By virtue of a first place finish in the maze, and a first place finish in the egg drop competition, Kenny Potvin was awarded the overall “ Grubby Number 1 Trophy,” named after the mascot of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
These contests are held every year during engineers Week, usually the third week in February, the week that contains the birthdate of America’s first great engineer – George Washington.
The projects were sponsored by numerous professional societies and departments from the School of Mines along with invited projects from Stevens High School. The director of the program is Dr. M. R. Hansen, Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
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