QACHS stu­dents win en­gi­neer­ing com­pe­ti­tion

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

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.

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