MESA DAY Competitions
March 5, 2016
Speak Up: Students will choose, prepare, and deliver a short, individual, oral presentation from the official topic options. Presentations must be the original work of the student, include a visual aid or materials to help support key points, and show evidence of research.
Stick Together (Bridges):Students will use math and Science to implement engineering concepts in the design and construction of a model bridge from your own plans that will carry a maximum load while using as few craftsticks as possible; stressing neatness, craftsmanship, and creativity.
EggXpress - Packaged Eggdrop: Students will design and construct a container of restricted size, which will keep as many eggs as possible from breaking after a fall from a height to be determined by the Host Center. The package should be designed in a way to maximize BOTH the number of total eggs in the package and the percentage of eggs which survive the impact of the collision with the ground. Commercial containers are allowed. Project must be the original work of the student(s). Judges may ask questions for verification.
Mousetrap Cars: Students will design and build their own vehicle which must be solely powered by a standard mousetrap and have the fastest elapse time over a 5 meter track. Kits are not allowed. Project must be the original work of the student(s). Judges may ask questions to verify. Participation logistics and limits and competition facilities may vary by host site.
Balsawood Glider: Students will design and build a glider made of balsawood, which will be launched indoors or outdoors using a hand-held catapult provided by the host center. The goal of the contest is to keep the glider aloft for the longest period of time. Participation logistics and limits and competition facilities may vary by host site.
Prosthetic Arm: Students will design, build and operate a prosthesis from given supplies to grab various size objects one a time, release them into a container, and then remove them from the container.