Putting your skills to the test
April 7, 2008 by swrachelk
(A fun story to kick of your monday)
Some students are never able to put what they have learned in college to the test until they step into the working world. But this past weekend, engineering students were able to put their skills to the test at the 2008 American Society of Civil Engineers (Deep south) Regional Conference.
Engineering students from twelve universities in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi, put their knowledge and strength to test at the conference, hosted by LSU.
The weekend’s planned competetions included:
(Links to each competition are included, they will bring you to the rules and regulations of each event)
Extreme planning and calculations were necessary for the students who participated in the events. Students had to use everything they have learned in the classroom in order to construct something that would dominate over the rest of the competition.
LSU’s Daily Reveille, highlighted the concrete canoe event.
Competitors had to design and build their concrete canoes. The key was to build a canoe light enough to stay afloat, but strong enough that it would not to break. The article makes mention to one teams canoe that cracked while transporting it to the event. They used duct tape to mend it. Students worked weeks in advance to create a canoe perfect for competition. After building the canoe, students had to wait 28 days in order to find out if it would even work. The teams not only had to build a canoe out of concrete, they had to be strong enough to paddle it in water. Events in the concrete canoe competition were tests of both mind and strength.
The team that won overall in this competition was Louisiana Tech.
The competitions that took place this past weekend at LSU, are reminiscent of some competition that MU students have been involved in.
An example would be the competitions held during MU’s Engineering week.
- Homopolar car races
- Egg Catapult launching (sponsored by American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
Another example would be the American Society of Agricultural Engineers’ national design and tractor pull competition.
The students of the college of Agriculture participate in a 1/4 size tractor pull which students can be a part of trough the Torque-N-Tigers organization.