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Release Date: 10-16-2006

Author: Dawn Densmore

UVM Design TASC: P.E.G. by Humans

How much electrical energy can a human generate in five minutes?

We are entering a period of human history that is at a critical point regarding energy. To help put this issue into perspective, the 2006 College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) UVM Technology & Society Connection (TASC), Potential Electrical Generation (P.E.G.) by Humans challenges teams of high school students to design and build a human-powered electric generation machine to grind corn into corn meal then create a light display.

Students' machines will be set up on Saturday, December 2, 2006, in the tennis court area of the Patrick Gym from 9 am to 2 pm.

Teams will produce as much energy as possible in five minutes. Each team will start with 400 grams of corn and must grind at least 200 grams of sifted corn meal to be in the running for prizes. After the corn is ground, students will use their generated electricity to create a light display using 12-volt bulbs.

All corn products used will be recycled by UVM for animal feed. A PASCO system will be used to calculate the energy produced in joules.

Teams will also be judged on the capital cost per kilowatt capacity. In the world of power production, power sources are compared based on the capital cost per kilowatt capacity and fuel costs per kilowatt-hour.

IBM will present four ThinkPads to the top four schools and will award their IBM Grand Prize Award of $1000 to the top school team. Other awards include: Pizzagalli Performance Awards; IEEE Design Awards; Husky Marketing Awards; UVM CEMS T.O.Y. (Teaching Our Youth Technology) Tech Awards, with a top prize $1000; a TIAA-CREF Creative Design Award; a General Dynamics Green Award; a Walmart/UVM Cost Award; and a Team Spirit Award.

Final runoffs will occur from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, and the Awards Ceremony will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.

For more information, as well as rules and registration forms, please go to Design TASC.

UVM Design TASC: T.O.Y. (Teaching Our Youth) Technology

CEMS will award $1000 to the school with the top student presentation in T.O.Y. (Teaching Our Youth) Technology. Students will present a technology subject taught to elementary and middle school students. Two other awards will also be given: $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

The schools participating in UVM Design TASC: P.E.G. by Humans and T.O.Y. Technology are:

  • Bellow Free Academy, Fairfax, VT
  • Champlain Valley Union HS, Hinesburg, VT
  • Enosburg Falls HS, Enosburg Falls, VT
  • Hanover HS, Hanover, NH
  • Missisquoi Valley Union HS, Swanton, VT
  • Mt. Abraham H.S., Bristol, VT
  • North Country HS, Newport, VT
  • Proctor HS, Proctor, VT
  • River Valley Technical Center, Springfield, VT
  • Rutland HS, Rutland, VT
  • Saint Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury, VT
  • Sharon Academy, Sharon, VT
  • Stowe HS, Stowe, VT

Technology Knowledge Fair (Scouts in Engineering) – Middle school students

In conjunction with the UVM Design TASC, P.E.G. by Humans challenge, CEMS has partnered with General Dynamics, the Girl Scout Council of Vermont and the Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America to offer introductory educational opportunities for girls and boys, ages 12-17, in technology-related subjects.

Students do not need to be scouts to participate in these exciting hands-on activities: aviation, architecture, computers, dentistry, electricity, engineering, energy, geology, hunter safety, metals, radio, photography, space exploration, surveying, and veterinary medicine. (All activities will be held on the UVM campus.)

For more information, please visit Scouts in Engineering or contact Denise Tougas by email at or by phone at 654-2566.

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