Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science & Engineering

Tech Fair

Contests

We are so excited to have you compete in this years’ Technology Fair. You are welcome to compete in any of the competitions you want, regardless of which classes you are taking or have taken.

Registration Deadline: April 18, 2013.

Note: The Woods, Automotive, and Welding competitions are NOT on SUU’s campus and will take all day to complete. You will NOT be able to compete in other competitions if you choose to compete in any of these competitions.


Advanced Woods Competition – Canyon View High School

Location: Canyon View High School
Number of participants: 15

For additional information, please contact:

David Sorensen – Contest Supervisor
Teacher - Woodworking
435-586-2813
david.sorensen@ironmail.org

Objective:

  • All students will be building a Splay Legged Table for the project.
  • All students will be provided with a working set of plans, and just enough wood to complete the project. Students will be expected to know, and follow all general safety rules for the woodworking shop, failure to do so will result in a lower score in the competition.
  • A brief review of safety, and machine operation will be gone over at the beginning of the competition, and is mandatory for all students.
  • All students will also be required to sign a waiver/contract that basically says they know, and understand how to operate the equipment safely. This is also mandatory for all students to sign for liability reasons.


Tools/materials supplied by CVHS/SUU:

  • Material for project
  • Supplies for project
  • Machines needed for project
  • Facility needed to build project


Tools supplied by contestant:

  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper 100-220 grit
  • Sander
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • 4 Bar clamps with at least 24" clamping capacity
  • 4 small hand screw clamps, or quick grip clamps
  • Safety Glasses

Architectural Design-CAD

Location: Southern Utah University Technology Building, Room 120
Number of participants: 30

For additional information, please contact:

Farah LeFevre– Contest Supervisor
Lecturer
435-586-7977

Students will be given a drawing to complete in the allotted time. Points will be scored based on completeness and correctness.


Automotive Competition – Southwest Applied Technology College

Location: SWATC Automotive Center, 101 East Nicholes Canyon Road, Building B, in Cedar City
Number of participants: 2 students from each high school
Each student must bring a pair of safety glasses and a pen or pencil. Advisors are responsible for providing transportation to and from the SWATC Automotive Technology Building.

For additional information, please contact:

Wade Esplin & Richard Wittwer - Contest Administrators
SWATC Automotive Program Coordinator
435-586-2899
wesplin@swatc.edu, rwittwer@swatc.edu
  1. Both the written test and the hands-on portion will cover basic knowledge/understanding of all 8 ASE areas:
    1. Brake Systems
    2. Electrical Systems
    3. Engine Performance
    4. Steering & Suspension
    5. Manual Drive-Trains and Axles
    6. Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
    7. Engine Repair
    8. Heating & Air Conditioning
  2. Contest start time 9:00 am sharp
  3. Contest finish time 11:30 – 12:00 pm
  4. The written test will include true/false, multiple choice and ASE style questions.
  5. The Hands- on portion of the contest will have 8 to 10 stations.

Cardboard Boat Race

Location: Southern Utah University PE Pool
Number of participants: no cap

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Scott Hansen – Contest Supervisor
Department Chair and Associate Professor - ETCM
435- 586-7977
hansens@suu.edu
  1. Boat must carry 2 adult passengers. No more than 2 adult passengers will be allowed. Boat must be made of 1/8 inch wafer type cardboard (typical cardboard box material) and duct tape only. No concrete form material (sona tubes). No use of fasteners, sealers or any other materials will be allowed. Boat must be no longer than 6 feet and no wider than 3 feet. Hand paddling only. Use of feet in the water to kick will result in disqualification. No paddles of any kind allowed. No taping of hands. All cardboard must be covered with duct tape. No exposed cardboard inside or outside of boat. Exposed cardboard will result in not being able to race. All participants are required to remove the remains of their boat from the premises immediately after their race. Boats are not to be left in the water to see how long they will float. Do not leave your boat for someone else to throw in the dumpster. No "recreational" swimming is allowed once the race is over. Participants who have been disqualified are to remove their boats from the water immediately upon being notified of disqualification. No using the pool edge to propel the boat. No holding on to other boats causing them to take on water or preventing them from going forward.
  2. Participants are to get out of the pool immediately after completion of the race and carry their boat from the premises.
  3. Racers are to arrange for disposal of their boat prior to race day. No boat construction or modification of any kind will be allowed at the pool. Construction or modification to any boat at the pool will result in disqualification.

Race Procedures: Race will start from the deep end of the pool. Boats are to be placed in between each of the starting blocks. If enough boats are present, multiple heats will be run. Participants will set their boats in the water once the whistle blows and board. Participants are to hand paddle only down to the shallow end, touch the side of the pool and return to finish at the deep end. Only one person needs to touch the side of the pool at the shallow end. Participants who fail to touch the side of the pool at the shallow end will be disqualified. Participants are not allowed to travel down the side of the pool using the edge of the pool to propel the boat. Using the edge of the pool to propel the boat will result in disqualification. Only participants are allowed behind the start blocks. All other people must stand on the side of the pool or down at the shallow end.

*Participants waive their right to sue due to drowning. Participate at your own risk.


Electronics Circuit Build & Test

Location: Southern Utah University Technology Building, Room 112
Number of participants: 15

For additional information, please contact:

Isabella Borisova – Contest Supervisor
Lecturer – Electronics
435-865-8253
borisova@suu.edu

Contestants will solder an electronics kit together, which will be provided. The project will be judged on: the quality of solder joints, the placement of parts and how well the project functions. A short written test will also be given covering general information about electronics: Ohm's Law, series and parallel circuits etc.


Fastest Computer Geek

Location: Southern Utah University Technology Building, Room 119
Number of participants: 20

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Dave Ward – Contest Supervisor
Associate Professor and Program Lead - Electronics
435-586-7981
ward@suu.edu

Contestants will fully assemble a previously disassembled PC and boot it up to an operating system while being timed. The assembly will be judged on: time taken for assembly and correctness of assembly. A short written test similar to the CompTIA A+ exams will also be given. Each missed question will add time to the PC assembly time. The contestant with the fastest time and fewest missed exam questions will be the contest winner.


Mechanical Design-CAD

Location: Southern Utah University Technology Building, Room 120
Number of participants: 20

For additional information, please contact:

Farah LeFevre– Contest Supervisor
Lecturer
435-586-7977

Students will be given a drawing to complete in the allotted time. Points will be scored based on completeness and correctness.


Photo Voltaic Instruction and Competition (Solar Cells)

Location: Southern Utah University Auto Building, Bay 1
Number of participants: 20 maximum
For additional information, please contact:

Matt Edwards- Contest Supervisor
Professional in Residence
435-865-8115
edwardsm@suu.edu


Purpose: Construction Engineering Technology encompasses a wide variety of skill sets. Technology allows students to go in many directions within the field. We need those who are interested in Engineering and Science to come and see what the new Construction Engineering Technology program at SUU is all about. Our new curriculum reflects the ever-growing technology that is necessary to be on top of your game in the construction management field. Part of our new curriculum covers sustainable housing technology.

Don’t worry if you have never built a Solar Panel before. This is a chance to learn how, and to compete at the same time.

Scope of Contest:

  1. Instruction will be given on “How” solar electricity is produced and “Why” it is important for us to pursue this type of energy. A simple example on how to solder the cells in a series circuit will be demonstrated.
  2. A student will be given two photo voltaic cells and tabbing tape (soldering tools and materials will be provided by SUU)
  3. Points will be given for the following accomplishment:
    1. Neatness of the soldering
    2. Condition of the solar cells (solar cells are like potato chips and can break easily before being encased in a panel)
    3. Amount of voltage produced (Each student will be given a few minutes to find the best angle in the sun for their mini system. Voltage will be recorded)
    4. Points will be given to the fastest time to complete the project where the photo voltaic cells are in good condition, and voltage is produced.

Pinewood Derby

Location: Southern Utah University Technology Building, Room 011A
Number of participants: no cap

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Glen Longhurst – Contest Supervisor
Depart. Chair & Associate Prof. – Integrated Engineering
435-586-7977
glenlonghurst@suu.edu

This contest is similar in many ways to those held in Cub Scouting programs across the country. Cars must be made primarily of wood and may not weigh more than 5 ounces. There are no other constraints for this contest on construction of cars or wheels. Gravity is the only means of propulsion. Cars are raced on a track that has a guide rail in the middle of each lane. That rail is 1.5 inches wide and 0.25 inch high. The starting position is approximately 4 feet above the ground and the track is approximately 40 feet long. Cars will be weighed and impounded prior to the start of competition.

Cars will be raced in heats of 4 cars (or fewer depending on the number of contestants remaining), and the first car to cross the finish line is the winner of the race. There will be at least two races per heat with cars starting in different lanes, and to win the heat, a car must come in first in two of the races in that heat. Once all entrants have raced, first-round heat winners will compete head-to‐head in additional heats using the same rules. Cars not winning their heat are eliminated from further competition. Winners of second round heats will compete in third-round heats and so on until the fastest car and runner up are determined.


Sr. High Machining

Location: Southern Utah University Technology Building, Room 101B
Number of participants: 8

For additional information, please contact:

Roger Greener – Contest Supervisor
Professional in Residence
435-586-7987
greener@suu.edu

The students will need to come prepared to compete in the 4 areas of machining:

  1. Turning
  2. Single point thread cutting
  3. Indicator use - dial in on the lathe
  4. Milling machine use

Each portion of the contest will be in 15-minute cycles.


TopGun CAD Shootout

Location: Southern Utah University Technology Building, Room 120
Number of participants: no cap

For additional information, please contact:

Richard Cozzens– Contest Supervisor
Professional in Residence – CAD/CAM
435-586-7983
cozzens@suu.edu

The contest will run one contestant at a time between 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. The contestants can reserve a specific time slot or wait in line (if needed). Each contestant will be presented the same design/solid- modeling problem. The contestant will have 10 minutes to solve the problem. The design problem will be presented at the start of the 10 minutes. The software available for this competition is: Solidworks, Inventor, CATIA or AutoCAD.

The winning criteria will be to correctly and completely solve the design problem in the time provided. If several contestants correctly solve and complete the design problem, the fasted time to accomplish this will be declared the winner. If no one is able to correctly solve the design problem in the time provided, the most correct and complete model will be declared the winner.

Objective:
Test the student’s ability to solve a design problem using creative thinking, accessible resources and information as well as a good knowledge of one of the solid modeling software solutions.

Requirements:

  1. Using the software of your choice create a solid using the exact dimensions shown in the figure.
  2. Apply Aluminum 6061 alloy material to the completed solid.
  3. Determine the weight of the solid in Grams.
  4. Save the document with your name in the title.

Welding Competition – Southwest Applied Technology College

Location: SWATC Welding Lab located at 510 W 800 S, Cedar City (adjacent to Cedar High School).
Number of participants: 16 maximum

For additional information, please contact:

Jim Riley- Contest Administrator
SWATC Welding Program Coordinator
435-586-2899
jriley@swatc.edu

Starting Time: Approximately 9AM. Because of time constraints, the Safety Briefing will start promptly after the bus arrives. Contestants not present at the start of the safety briefing will be ineligible for participation in the competition. The competition will end at 12PM.
Purpose: Contestants will be evaluated and judged on their performance on two separate weldments. One weldment will be prepared for SMAW and another for GMAW-S.
Scope of Contest:

  1. All contestants will participate in the required safety briefing.
  2. Contestants will be shown a video of the weldment being prepared (in GMAW-S only), they will also be provided a drawing of the weldment. Completed samples will be available to view.
  3. Students will don all required PPE and will wear the PPE the entire time they are in the welding lab. All PPE will be provided.
  4. Contestants will split into two groups; one group will complete the SMAW process first with the other group completing the GMAW-S first.
  5. All materials, tools and equipment will be provided.
  6. Technical advice on the specific welding power supplies will be provided. Contestants should ask for direction on any equipment they do not understand from a contest administrator.
  7. Materials will be available for practice welds. Contestants will need to keep in mind the time constraints and that booth time may be limited for each weldment.
  8. Weldment will consist of the following welds on 3/16” plate:
    1. 1 each 2F lap joint
    2. 2 each 2F 3-pass “T” joint
    3. 1 each 2G square groove joint with an open root
    4. 1 each 4F lap joint
    5. SMAW will be completed utilizing E6010 or E6011, 1/8” electrode
    6. GMAW-S will be completed utilizing ER70S-6, .035” with 100% CO2 shielding gas
  9. After completing the first process, contestants will clean up their area and move onto their respective second process area.
  10. After the completion of a weldment, it will be marked with the contestant’s registration number and placed on the judging table.
  11. All weldments will be judged by a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). Ties will be broken by the senior SWATC CWI.
  12. Judging Criteria (Visual Inspection Only, AWS D1.1)
    • Weldment assembly
    • Weld bead placement
    • Weld bead size
    • Weld bead profile
    • Weld bead appearance
    • Penetration
    • Distortion
    • Discontinuities
    • Defects
    • Exclusions

Safety Requirements:

  1. Contestants will maintain a safe and mature attitude while in the welding facility.
  2. Contestants will not use personal electronic equipment (MP3 players, cell phones, etc.) while in the welding facility.
  3. Contestants will wear all PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) at all times while in the welding lab.
  4. Contestants will need to wear cotton (jeans), wool or leather pants which fully cover their legs. Frayed clothing or clothing with holes which do not completely cover the skin will not be allowed.
  5. Sturdy shoes or boots which completely cover the foot. Leather sneakers are OK, canvas or plastic are not. Sandals or slippers will not meet the requirements.
  6. Leather jackets, gloves, safety glasses and welding helmets will be provided. Contestants may bring their own PPE, but it must meet the approval of the contest administrator.
  7. Contestants will be removed from the competition for failure to wear all PPE or acting in an unsafe manner to themselves or others at the discretion of the contest administrator.
  8. Contestants who tamper with equipment or otherwise interfere with another participant will be removed from the competition.

Equipment and Materials:

  1. All safety equipment (PPE), shop equipment and materials will be provided.
  2. Material: A36, 3/16” plate precut into 4” x 1 1/2” coupons.
  3. Power supplies: SMAW 150 class (DC), GMAW 250 class.