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20091009 FAU ASME Engineering Olympics

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Uploaded on Oct 11, 2009

The Florida Atlantic University student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers hosted their 2nd Annual Engineering Olympics on Friday, October 9, 2009. The Seminole SECME "Hawk Heroes" Aleen Touma, Kayleigh Previte, Ralph Regis, Zack Wiggins, and Daniel Lowenthal competed in a series of engineering challenges or events similar to the decathlon in the Olympics. Each team receives a brown bag of supplies for each event to complete each challenge. FAU ASME members judged the events (5 8 in all) and award points. The three highest scoring teams earned a gold, silver or bronze medal for each team member and the gold medal teams school was presented a trophy.

After the FAU ASME Engineering Olympics, the Seminole SECME students engineered at the Explorium's exhibit "Tech City."

The Childrens Science Explorium in Boca Raton allows visitors to invent, design and create in Tech City for Fall 2009. Tech City is a traveling exhibition that includes fun, interactive stations where visitors solve the kind of real-world problems that engineers face. The exhibits present an engineering approach with opportunities for designing, building, testing, and modifying.

Dam the Creek
Visitors prevent the creek from flooding Tech City by building a gravity dam using metal blocks.

Earthquake!!!
Visitors design and build structures, then test the results against earthquake forces on the shake table.

Build a Bridge
Visitors experiment with model bridges at the build and test station. They can also walk across three 2.4 meter-long bridges with different levels of sag.

Seperation Station
This component features a hydraulic system of clear pipes where visitors can experiment with different filters to separate out plastic beads.

Design the Plaza
Visitors can experiment with the trade-offs between aesthetics and cost while designing patterns using tiles on a city plaza model.

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