Hands-on engineering events on December 6
Release Date: 11-24-2008
UVM Design TASC: Aero Golf
Can middle and high school students move golf balls uphill, down a driving range, and through a Chutes and Ladders course (with a moving windmill), using only wind for energy? Aero Golf the UVM TASC Challenge sponsored by the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and approximately 60 Vermont businesses offers this hands-on technology competition to entice students into careers in engineering, mathematics and the computer sciences. The teams' passion for the task can be seen in their names: BFast, IronShot, Hookshot Handymen, Scotland the Brave, Teen Girl Squad, Vardon Grip, and Voltage, among others.
"Puttbots," built by forty-four teams from thirteen schools, will compete on Saturday, December 6, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, in the tennis court area of the Patrick Gym. Over $16,000 in prizes will be awarded to schools and students. Approximately 1000 golf balls will be transported (some of them weighted) by these teams using wind from box and oscillating fans. Each cart must fit within two paper boxes 11" x 17.5" x 10" at the beginning of each performance run, and each team must compete in two of three performance areas. The puttbots' steering, sails and other functions will be remotely controlled, but propulsion can be driven only by energy harvested from the wind (electric fans).
The top prize is $1000 and is sponsored by IBM, which will also award four ThinkPads to the top four schools in the Highest Scoring Award category. Other awards are: the Pizzagalli Energy Transfer Award, General Dynamics Chutes and Ladders Award, Goodrich Uphill Winners, IEEE Design Notebook Award, Husky Marketing Award, TIAA-CREF Spectator's Choice Award, NRG Table Display Award, and the Fairpoint Team Spirit Award. Awards will be presented to schools and students by business representatives from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.
Participating schools include: Bellows Fee Academy (Fairfax), Champlain Valley UHS (Hinesburg), Enosburg Falls HS (Enosburg), Hanover HS (New Hampshire), Home School (Burlington), Hazen Union School (Hardwick), Missisquoi Valley Union HS (Swanton), Mt. Abraham HS (Bristol), Mt. Mansfield Union HS (Jericho), Rice HS (Burlington), River Valley Technical Center (Springfield), Sharon Academy (Sharon), St. Johnsbury Academy (St. Johnsbury).
This year's UVM TASC theme honors Scotland for inventing golf and for setting an example of eco-friendly practices. Scotland has been impacted by global warming to such a degree that snow no longer falls in its traditional highland ski areas. In response, Scotland has made a united effort to not just slow its growth, but reduce its carbon footprint, and has succeeded in a remarkably brief period of time.
For more information on UVM Design TASC, visit www.cems.uvm.edu/tasc
Scouts in Engineering Technology Fair
Middle school students will learn about aviation, architecture, computers, electricity, engineering, energy, geology, hunter safety, metals, radio communications, photography, space exploration, and surveying on Saturday, December 6, as part of the Technology Knowledge Fair (Scouts in Engineering) sponsored by UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), General Dynamics, the Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the Girl Scout Council of Vermont.
These introductory educational opportunities for students ages 12-17 are held in conjunction with UVM Design TASC "Aero Golf." Participating students will act as judges for the TIAA-CREF Spectator's Choice Award for Aero Golf in the tennis court area of the Patrick Gym from 8:00 to 9:30 am.
For more information, visit Scouts in Engineering.