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Vermont Businesses Support UVM/Aiken Middle and High School Engineering Opportunities

Hanover TeamOver 3,000 Fastenal 1.5" fender washers were moved through two challenging courses by teams of middle and high school students in vehicles that were powered with human energy during the 2012 UVM Aiken/TASC Transportation Challenges.   UVM Aiken/TASC Challenges are sponsored by The Aiken Lecture Series and the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) as well as by approximately 60 businesses. Approximately 35 teams from 19 middle and high schools competed for awards that included: IBM Overall Design Awards, PC Construction Most Freight Delivered Awards, General Dynamics Test Tract Best Time Awards, IEEE Hill Challenge Most Freight Moved up Hill Awards, Husky Marketing Awards, Dynapower Off Road Tract Best Time Awards, Mylan Technology Emergency Most Efficient Uphill Climb Awards, and the NRG Green Transportation Video Awards, for the best 30 to 60 second videos featuring the benefits of Green Transportation.


Teams were challenged to transport as many washers as they could through two courses within the five minutes.  They also had to transverse an 80 foot obstacle course.   Members of the Vermont Army National Guard participated as judges, and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts visited to view the event prior to individual classes offered by UVM CEMS as part of the Technology Knowledge Fair/Scouts in Engineering event done in conjunction with UVM Aiken/TASC/  This program offers classes on a variety of topics including: Architecture, Astronomy, Computers, Electricity, Electronics, Engineering, Metals, Photography, Riflery, Robotics Space Exploration, and Surveying.


“It is through outreach programs such as the UVM AikenTASC Challenges that students learn how to make a difference in the world while learning firsthand what it takes to be an engineer or scientist,” says Bernard “Chip” Cole, Interim Dean of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.


The event is named after George D. Aiken, former U. S. Senator and Governor of Vermont who was an advocate for student education.  The Aiken Lecture Series sponsors this event because it encourages middle and high school students to create engineering solutions to address needs within communities in our world.  Many student participants of the Aiken/TASC Challenges go on to study engineering within UVM CEMS.

 

To view WCAX-TV3 news coverage by Melissa Sheketoff of the 23rd UVM Aiken/TASC Challenges held Saturday December 1, 2012 in the UVM
Patrick Gym tennis court areas, visit:

http://www.wcax.com/story/20235637/powering-cars-and-brains

For more pictures and video, visit (wining pictures to be posted soon):

http://www.cems.uvm.edu/tasc


WINNERS LIST The 2012 UVM Aiken/TASC* Challenges (Technology And Science Connection)


2012 UVM TASC AWARDS
MS IBM Best Overall Award
• 1st Place: Browns River Middle School – Ricochet
• Runner Up: Browns River Middle School – HONKA

HS IBM Best Overall Award
• 1st Place: Champlain Valley Union High School – Project RedHawk •
Runner Up: Hanover High School – The Neanderthals


MS Husky Marketing Award
• 1st Place: Browns River Middle School – Think
• Runner Up: Browns River Middle School – Ricochet
HS Husky Marketing Award
• Runner Up: Hanover High School – The Fresh Princes of Isengard
1st Place: Champlain Valley Union High School – Project RedHawk


MS General Dynamics Award
• 1st Place: Browns River Middle School – HONKA
HS General Dynamics Award
• 1st Place: Sharon Academy – Rampin' It Up
• Runner Up: Middlebury Union High School – TIGER Team


MS PC Construction Award

1st Place: Peoples Academy Middle Level – Team Vulcan
• Runner Up: Browns River Middle School – E.O.J.T

HS PC Construction Award
• 1st Place: Champlain Valley Union High School – Redhawk 01
• Runner Up: Mt. Mansfield Union High School – Team Fantastic

MS IEEE Award
• 1st Place: Browns River Middle School – The PVC Something or Others
HS IEEE Award
• 1st Place: Sharon Academy – Give Me Instructions
• Runner Up: Hanover High School – The Neanderthals


MS Mylan Technologies Award
• 1st Place: Browns River Middle School – Think
HS Mylan Technologies Award
• 1st Place: Missisquoi Valley Union High School – The Mighty Ducks •
Runner Up: Hanover High School – The Fresh Princes of Isengard


MS Dynapower Award
• 1st Place: Browns River Middle School – Ricochet
HS Dynapower Award
 1st Place: Champlain Valley Union High School – Project RedHawk •
2nd Place: Hanover High School – PSI Robots
 Runner Up: Hanover High School - The Neanderthals


MS NRG –Green Transportation PSA Video Awards
• 1st – Camels Hump Middle School - Cow Hoot Special
HS NRG –Green Transportation PSA Video Awards
 Tie - 1st – Mount Anthony HS - Lady Patriots •
Tie – 1st – Mount Anthony HS – Live MAUS
Runner Up:  Mount Anthony UHS – Patriotic Blue


PERFORMANCE Honorable Mention:  CVU Team RamRod   - Will exhibit at the University Mall, Dorset Street, South Burlington, (January 2013)

 

For more about George D. Aiken visit: http://learn.uvm.edu/aiken/?Page=aiken_challenge.html