FEBRUARY 17, 2010

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OSU-Tulsa’s Design Challenge Promotes Science, Teamwork During
National Engineers Week

Photo of OSU-Tulsa's Design Challenge.
Students race boats they designed and built during OSU-Tulsa’s 2009 Engineering Design Challenge.


Hundreds of Tulsa-area students are gearing up for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa’s seventh annual Engineering Design Challenge during National Engineers Week on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Elementary through high school-aged students will work in teams to design, build and race a self-propelled, motorized watercraft during the Challenge. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Hall Commons.

Led by OSU-Tulsa engineering faculty, the Challenge provides the opportunity for students to learn the basic principals of science and engineering design, problem-solving and teamwork in an environment that is fun and rewarding.

“It’s exciting to see each team’s creativity shine in their unique building style, design and the decoration of their boat,” said Dr. Carl Latino, OSU associate professor of engineering. “This event also gives children the chance to get out of a traditional classroom and explore these concepts in a university setting. That’s a valuable learning experience they’ll always remember.”

Student teams can build one of three motorized watercrafts including a traditional, open or air boat design. They will then have the opportunity to cheer for their team during timed races. Awards will be given in categories such as fastest boat, aesthetics and teamwork.

Tulsa-area high schools competing include Memorial, Rogers, Jenks, Central and McLain High School for Science and Technology. Also expected to attend are middle school students from Hamilton, Madison, Byrd, Union and KIPP Tulsa. Elementary school students from Academy Central and Roosevelt will also participate.

Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Engineers Week was created to raise awareness of the contributions of engineers and to promote recognition of the importance of engineering.

OSU-Tulsa is located just north of downtown at 700 N. Greenwood Avenue, near I-244 and Detroit Avenue. For more information, call 918-594-8000.