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: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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


  • 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

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
  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
  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

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.

Mechanical Design-CAD

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

For additional information, please contact:

Farah LeFevre – Contest Supervisor

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

Robotics Contests

Location: Southern Utah University Student Center Ballroom

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Dave Ward – Contest Supervisor
Associate Professor and Program Lead - Electronics

*Free style comp will be the second competition and it will be based on creativity and essentially no programming constraints

Battle Bot Competition

Overview: The students will be tasked with programming their robot to do all of the following: Eight Directions, Avoid the Line, Follow the Line, Solve the Maze, and Tank Hockey. Details on each individual program are listed below. Points will be awarded for each program based on how well the program is executed. The robots should be built to fit inside a 12x12x12 box. If you would like to participate but do not have the money to buy your own robot, SUU Electronics Engineering department has available kits (however, they are limited, so first-come-first-serve).

Eight Directions

Your Robot should be able to execute eight separate directional commands. Assuming that you have two individual motors driving your robot, they should operate individually. The Directions are as follows: Both motors forward; Both motors backward; Spin clockwise; Spin counterclockwise; Pivot robot (engage just one motor forward then backward while the other is stationary)

Judging: Judging will be based on whether the robot can execute all eight commands smoothly. It is encouraged that each direction the robot moves last about one second each with brief pauses during transitions.

Follow the Line

For this program the robot should be able to follow a black line of electrical tape placed on a solid white surface. The board will have numerous 90 degree turns and even different, rounded curves. If you have any questions, please refer to the video for help.

Judging: Judging will be based on whether the robot can correctly follow the line on the track and will be required to make 2 laps around without error for full points.

Avoid the Line

This program could be viewed as the opposite of the “Follow the Line”. The idea is to make your robot avoid going over edges our “out-of-bounds”. A circle will be drawn with black electrical tape and your robot should be programmed to stay within the bounds.

Judging: Judging will be based on how many times your robot steps out of bounds while “roaming” for a duration of approximately 15 to 20 seconds.

Solve the Maze

Your robot should be able to navigate through a maze and determine when it has reached the end. Hint (the “left-hand rule” will help solve any maze)

Judging: Judging will be based on whether or not the robot completed the maze and with how much efficiency.

Tank Billiards

Your robot should be programmed to push certain objects off of an area similar to the “Avoid the Line” environment. Your robot will push a ball or puck off the track without going off the track itself in a given time.

Judging: Judging will be based on how many objects where cleared from the area in a 30 second time period (time is subject to change).

Robotics Competitions Demonstrations

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

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.

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

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.