Where Math Meets Creativity

When I think model-sized speedboats, submarines, air gliders, hovercraft, and amphibious vehicles, I think engineering competition at PCC. Every time I hear about the specifications for each year's competition, I can't help but think, "This is just too cool."

Every year, any engineering student can compete in the engineering competition by working with a team to meet that year's challenge. In 2010, three teams competed by constructing radio-controlled all-terrain vehicles, which competed in a series of obstacle courses to find the best-designed vehicle. In 2011, five teams of engineering students constructed solar-powered vehicles that underwent various challenges to compete in last year's engineering competition. This year, the engineering competition challenge is to construct a functional ice-terrain vehicle. The competitors may equip their vehicles with any tools to disable the other teams' vehicles.

The competition is an opportunity for engineering students to exhibit their skills and creativity as well as their competitiveness. Other students are welcome to watch the vehicles compete in whatever challenges this year’s teams will face. The competition will be held in the Sports Center ice rink on April 21 at 9:00 am. I've had the opportunity to see some of the competitors' work, and I know I don't want to miss out.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in Life in the Nest are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pensacola Christian College.
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