Eastern Shore Crab Boat Engineering Challenge

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    2017 Crab Boat Engineering Challenge

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    Event Details

    On Friday April 28, 2017 the 2nd Annual Eastern Shore Crab Boat Engineering challenge was held at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Lab in Cambridge, MD to promote STEM literacy among grade 9-12 students in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Eight boats and over 50 teachers and students particpated in this event! Teams were tasked with designing a remote controlled scaled model of a Chesapeake Deadrise crab boat which could collect as many miniture crab baskets as quickly as possible (basket rate). Schools were judged on their boat design proposals, a written report showing calculations and discussing environmental impacts of crabbing, their boat's performance, and their response to judges' questions at the event. This event was a collaborative effort between UMES and UMCES. Representatives from the University of Maryland 4-H extension helped judge the boats and spoke with students about additional STEM learning opportunities. Kelvin® Educational donated the boat motors used by the schools, and UMES T&E education students and faculty helped facilitate the event and manufactured the award plaques and 3D printed keychains. Participation in this event was FREE thanks to the support of our sponsors, and all participants received lunch and a keychain. More details about the event can be found below. Schools interested in participating in the 2018 competition should contact Dr. Tyler Love.

    Sponsors

    2017 Results


    Champion

    Old Mill High School
    (Millersville, MD)

    Runner Up Virginia Beach City Public Schools - Advanced Technology Center (Virginia Beach, VA)
    Best Design Stephen Decatur High School 
    (Berlin, MD)
    Sportsmanship Award

    Virginia Beach City Public Schools - Advanced Technology Center (Virginia Beach, VA)

    Competition Information

    Online Information and Rules Meeting: Watch the recording from Wednesday October 12, 2016. (Will download video as a zip file).

    Demonstration and Teacher's Workshop: January 11, 2017 from 4:30-5:30pm. Join via this link from Blackboard Collaborate.

    Team Registration Deadline: February 17, 2017

    Written Report and Designs Due: April 21, 2017

    Competition: April 28, 2017 from 11am-2pm. Directions to the UMCES Horn Point Lab

    2016 Crab Boat Engineering Challenge

    Pictures posted in our Facebook album

    Event Details

    Sponsors


    The inaugural Eastern Shore Crab Boat Engineering Challenge was held on Saturday April 23, 2016 from 10am-1pm at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Lab in Cambridge, MD to promote STEM literacy among grade 9-12 students in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. This event was a collaborative effort between UMES and various organizations. UMCES hosted the event at their beautiful waterfront campus. The Salisbury and Easton Army Recruiting Centers provided funding for the event shirts, assisted with running the event, helped judge, and spoke with students about STEM opportunities in the military. Kelvin® Educational donated the boat motors used by the schools, and the Culinary Arts program at Worcester Technical High School prepared the lunches. UMES T&E education students helped facilitate the event and manufactured the award plaques.

    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 so that their students could compete in a very STEM-rich engineering competition. This event was situated in the context of something which Maryland students could easily relate - crabbing. It provided a great opportunity to increase interest in STEM at local schools while requiring students to apply their math and science knowledge to design a solution like a real engineer. Teams were tasked with designing a remote controlled scaled model of a Chesapeake Deadrise crab boat which could collect as many miniture crab baskets as quickly as possible (basket rate). Schools were judged on their boat design proposals, a written report showing calculations and discussing environmental impacts of crabbing, their boat's performance, and their response to judges' questions at the event. Participation in this event was FREE thanks to the support of our sponsors, and all participants received lunch and a shirt. More details about the event can be found in the documents below. Schools interested in participating in the 2017 competition should contact Dr. Tyler Love.

    2016 Results

    Champion Queen Anne's County High School 
    (Centreville, MD)

    Runner Up Stephen Decatur High School 
    (Berlin, MD)

    Best Design Queen Anne's County High School 
    (Centreville, MD)

    Sportsmanship Award

    U.S. Army: Salisbury and Easton Recruiting Centers


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