QACHS students win engineering competition
CAMBRIDGE — Students in Chris Vooris’ technology education class at Queen Anne’s County High School were awarded Champion and also earned recognition for the Best Design in the inaugural Eastern Shore Crab Boat Engineering Challenge on April 23. Team members included Devin Crist, Joey Travers and Tim Kettelle.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Technology and Engineering Education program hosted the event in collaboration with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Cambridge to promote STEM literacy among grade 9-12 students in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The Salisbury and Easton Army Recruiting Centers sponsored this free event, helped judge and spoke with students about STEM opportunities in the military.
This competition required students to apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge to design an authentic engineering solution. Teams were tasked with designing and building a scaled remote controlled model of a Chesapeake Deadrise crab boat which could collect the most miniture crab baskets in the least amount of time.
Schools were judged on their boat design proposals, a written report showing calculations and discussing environmental impacts of crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay, their boat’s performance, and their response to judges’ questions at the event.
This event was inspired by the Cargo Ship Engineering Challenge that was held for a number of years at the Baltimore Inner Harbor.
“Teachers expressed an interest in holding a similar challenge on the Eastern Shore,” said Tyler Love, program coordinator and assistant professor of technology and engineering education at UMES.
The competition’s theme, he said, was chosen because organizers believe it is something Maryland students can relate to — crabbing.
“It provides a great opportunity to increase interest in STEM at local schools,” Love said, “while requiring students to apply their math and science knowledge to design a solution like a real engineer.”
Schools interested in participating in the 2017 competition should contact Love.
Queen Anne’s County High School students load crab baskets into their boat during the competition. From left: Devin Crist, Joey Travers and Tim Kettelle.