NCC Hosts 6th Annual Engineering Expo

Northwest Iowa Community College hosted the sixth annual High School Engineering Expo Wednesday, May 2. The object of the NCC Engineering Expo was to promote engineering as an exciting field for young people and to assist high schools in providing STEM education outside of the classroom. The competition consisted of four phases: egg launch catapult/accuracy, egg launch catapult/distance, poster presentation, and a problem solving competition consisting of a set of five timed problems. Thirty-four students from northwest Iowa high schools participated in this daylong event.

Each of the teams conceptualized the design and built their catapults prior to the competition. The day of the Expo they set up their catapult in a designated launch area and launched raw eggs at a bull’s-eye target to test accuracy. Each team had three practice shots and five scored shots.
After the teams competed in the accuracy competition they had a distance competition to see whose catapult would throw an egg the farthest. This is held after the accuracy competition to make sure all the teams can push their catapults to their absolute limit and not have to worry about any damage to the catapult for their accuracy challenge.
The students also needed to create a poster that included the calculations of predicted distances of the catapulted egg, documentation of the design process, and a list of materials used. The poster needed to be visually attractive and demonstrate the group’s understanding of the engineering principles involved.

The problem solving portion included a series of five timed problems. The students had to finish each problem in order and could not move on to the next problem until the first problem was completed. They were given twenty minutes to complete all five problems. The team that completed all five problems in the least amount of time won.
Thank you to all of our sponsors who make this event a success:
• Quatro/Aim Aerospace
• Rosenboom
• Interstates
• Maintainer
• Link Manufacturing
• Sioux Automation Center
Each school could win first, second or third for each problem. The Traveling Trophy/overall winner is the combination of all the scores from each problem.
2018 Winners:
Overall Champion
Sioux Center – Sling Kings 204 out of 250 points
1. South O’Brien – 85 points
2. Western – War Wolves – 84 points
3. Sioux Center – Sling Kings – 81 points
1. South O’ Brien – 26 points
2. Sioux Center – Sling Kings – 23 points
3. Western – War Wolves – 14 points
Longest Throw
1. Sioux Center – Sling Kings – 50 points
2. South O’Brien – 45 points
3. Central Lyon – Newton’s sEggcond Law – 40 points
Problem Solving
1. Sioux Center – Sling Kings – 50 points
2. Central Lyon – Newton’s sEggcond Law – 45 points
3. South O’Brien – 40 points

Sioux Center – Sling Kings
Trajan Walhof
Hannah Otto
Charlie Dykshorn
Vale Cade
Carter Sandbulte
Kendall Mouw
Derrick Ten Pas
Advisor: John Doornenbal/Joy Hurst

Sioux Center – The Crusaders
Tyler Dunn
Kirklan Mulder
Alan Gonzalez
Jaycee De Boom
Carter Jensen
Advisor: John Doornenbal

Central Lyon – Newton’s sEggcond Law
Jacob Van Veldhuizen
Gable Sieperda
Dylan Kruger
Jaylen Klein
Brady Wright
Eloy Lopez
Justus Poppinga
Advisor: Bill Allen
South O’Brien
Zachary Riedemann
Alicyn Rehder
Leticia Del Real
Nicole Palmer
Lali Ortega
Gage Rus
Dawson Weathers
Clay Leng
Advisor: Kim Peckes

Rock Valley – Rocket Launchers
Kyra Van Voorst
Lona Hoogeveen
Britney Rus
Caleb Niemeyer
Advisor: Heather Rosewall

Western Christian – War Wolves
Spencer Cox
David (DJ) Nibbelink
Seth Hoekstra
Advisor: Shawn Destigter