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Hands-on Competitions

The Hands-On Competition is the cornerstone of Student Summit programming. 

Produced by SME Education Foundation partner, Ten80 Education, the competition engages students in three different disciplines: Design, Fabrication and Prototype, and Testing. 

Students are arranged into five-person teams and cycle through three 20-minute stations, earning points along the way.  Each station is manned by SME staff, who instruct the students and score their performance.  The team that accumulates the most points wins the competition, and each member of that team is awarded a $1,000 scholarship supported by the Arconic Foundation.

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The Hands-On Competitions will focus on one of two pathways:

 

Race Engineering

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Students engage in a race contest, with the goal being engineering performance — including personal performance, team performance, and, of course, race performance. Teams rotate through the following challenges, earning points at each one for teamwork and performance:

  • Teamwork — Race remote-controlled (RC) cars, making one pit stop. In the Student Racing Challenge, students will work together to reduce the force of impact on a car’s payload in the event of a crash.
  • Test — Teams will work together to control variables in test trials to achieve repeatable results. Teams will power, then deploy, microprocessors to collect crash data.
  • Model — Make an electromagnetic motor and design a car body in 3D CAD.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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Students engage with the technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones. Teams rotate through the following challenges, earning points at each one for teamwork and performance:

  • Teamwork — Fly small drones through hoops. In the Drone Experience, students will learn to fly and practice using UAVs to navigate a simple course. Students’ flying performance moves their teams up the leader board.
  • Test — Design a propeller that maximizes thrust. Students will test their designs, competing to see which team can generate the most power as measured by voltage output. Higher voltage moves a team up the leader board.
  • Model — Make an electromagnetic motor and design a winged plane in 3D CAD. Student teams will split in half. Half will design a UAV part in SolidWorks and the other half will engineer a model electric motor.

Upcoming Student Summits

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