Engineering competition puts college students to the test
October 7, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. -- College engineering students are frantically devising a plan to escape Earth before it is destroyed and set up a civilization on another planet.
This fictional scenario was one of the challenges presented to College Bowl teams at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference Oct. 7.
The team sponsored by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command built a rocket ship with an embedded lunar rover so they could explore their new planet. They used aluminum foil, newspaper, saran wrap, cardboard and poster board for construction materials.
The College Bowl combines the spirit, energy and excitement of a football game with tight, pressure-packed deadlines. Students compete for scholarships, and they also have the opportunity to meet major corporations and government organizations seeking talented scientists.
The coaches of RDECOM College Bowl team are Jose Gonzalez, a branch chief at Army Research Laboratory's Survivability Lethality Analysis Directorate at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; Erica Bertoli, educational outreach manager at Communications Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; and Sgt. 1st Class Chris Currie with ARL at APG.