Colorado State University-Pueblo hosts Engineering Science and Technology Design Contest

Colorado State University-Pueblo hosts Engineering Science and Technology Design Contest  

PUEBLO –More than 175 students from five high schools and five middle schools are registered to participate in the 16th Annual Engineering, Science and Technology Design Contest this Saturday (March 6) in the Occhiato University Center and the Technology Building on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus.  The students have been organized into 104 teams for the seven-event competition that challenges students’ critical thinking, teamwork, and creative design skills. East High School and Trinidad Middle School will attempt to hold onto their traveling trophies as champions of last year’s contest. 

Five different individual competitions, requiring prior designs, evaluate student-produced projects in areas like mousetrap cars and catapults, concrete barge, 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.

Faculty and student clubs within the CSU – Pueblo College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies will conduct the event, which is sponsored and supported by numerous local businesses and a Department of Education grant.

For more information, contact Dr. George Dallam, competition chair, at 719-549-2619 or Dr. Hector Carrasco, dean of the College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies, at 719-549-2696.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.