It's an event that puts participants through the gamut of the engineering experiences. Quick adjustments. Rapid problem solving. Exhilarating success, and on occasion, disappointing failure. It's quite the engineering lesson for the teams gathered at Eaton Hall on the University of Kansas campus for the High School Design Competition, sponsored by the KU School of Engineering. This year's theme was "Claim the Terrain."
Here's a look at the final results.
Teams were challenged to design a multi-terrain vehicle that could successfully traverse three courses -- one made of concrete, one of turf, and one of sand. The vehicles were timed and the distance charted. Student teams were also required to give a presentation on their design to a panel of judges. The top ten finishers in the preliminary competition advanced to the finals, and had to compete on a new course that included wood and gravel in addition to the materials from the earlier round.