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Ivy Tech hosting engineering competition

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

TERRE HAUTE -- Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute will sponsor the Spartan Match High School Engineering Competition Friday, from 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The event will take place at the Ivy Tech Community College Center for Workforce Development, 1700 E. Industrial Dr., Terre Haute.

Competition will run from 9:30-11:45 a.m. Lunch will take place from noon-12:45 p.m.

An awards ceremony will take place from 1-1:30 p.m.

Nine area high schools will compete in the event, including both Clay City and Northview high schools.

Other schools taking part are Linton-Stockton, North Putnam, Shakamak, South Knox, Sullivan, Terre Haute North and West Vigo.

Also attending will be representatives from Great Dane Trailers, Raybestos Power Train and Tri-Aerospace, LLC, all sponsors of the event.

This is the first Ivy Tech engineering competition for high school students, and it is designed to teach students how to problem solve challenges in technology and engineering in addition to sparking students' interest in studying science fields at the post-secondary level.

The 10 competitions, which involve team play, are challenges that require students to contrive, engineer and mechanize.

For example, Humpty-Dumpty's Plunge will ask teams to design, build, present and test a device using limited supplies to keep an egg from cracking, while Project Energize requires the construction of a Rube Goldberg device that involves transfers among the five basic energy forms. The end goal is to expel a ping-pong ball from the device.

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