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ENGINEERING OLYMPICS – JUNIOR DIVISION (Middle School)
The Engineering Olympics is designed to introduce students to engineering through competitive team events and exercises.
The competition is open to any 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students attending school in Arkansas. Each participating school is allowed to send no more than two (2) teams to the Engineering Olympics. No more than 10 members per Engineering Olympics team plus one alternate is allowed. Team members are determined through a selection process determined by the teacher sponsors.
The competition consist of 3 events: Toothpick Bridge Competition, Critical Thinking
Problem, and Free-Standing Structure Competition. The maximum number of participants per event is as follows:
Toothpick Bridge Competition - Up to 4 students
Critical Thinking Problem - Up to 3 students
Free-Standing Structure Competition - Up to 3 students
Toothpick Bridge Contest
Objective: From given design specifications, design and fabricate the lightest weight bridge that will be able to withstand the greatest load without deflecting more than 1⁄4”.
Critical Thinking Problem
Objective: To analyze and solve word problems using mathematical and possibly science concepts within a specified time period (30 minutes).
Free-Standing Structure Competition
Objective: To work together to construct the tallest free-standing structure given specific engineering design obstacles with a specified time period (8 minutes).