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19th annual Technology Challenge to draw future engineers to Edinboro University on Saturday


Students in grades seven through 12 from Erie, Crawford and Warren counties will participate in the 19th Annual Technology Challenge hosted by Edinboro University’s Continuing Education Department and sponsored by the Northwestern Technology Association of Pennsylvania and the Erie Engineering Council.

Fifty students are expected to participate in the Saturday, Nov. 23, program, which will be held in Cooper Science Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Following lunch at Van Houten Dining Hall, Dr. Nathan Ritchey, Dean of the College of Science and Health Professions, will speak to the student participants. A brief awards presentation recognizing the top individual scorers and schools will follow Dr. Ritchey’s speech. 

Students competing in the Technology Challenge will be given a set of rubrics that include grade-level activity projects, craftsmanship and creativity, drawing requirements and oral and written documentation reports. The 10 judges, all of whom have engineering and technology expertise, will grade in each of the four areas.

This year, the 7th- and 8th-grade activity will involve designing and building a mouse trap-powered car that pushes a block to an exact point like shuffle board. If the car travels too far, or not far enough, points are deducted. The 9th- and 10th-grade assignment will be for students to design and manufacture a CO2-fueled vehicle that can travel a set distance in the shortest time, similar to a drag race. Student in the 11th- and 12th-grade challenge will design and manufacture a wind turbine that generates maximum power in a set time period from wind provided from a simple box fan.