Engineering Day Information  

Thank you for your interest in Crowder College’s Engineering Day 2020. The event is scheduled for Wednesday February 26th, 2020 at the Neosho campus (601 Laclede Avenue | Neosho, MO). Engineering Day will be a day for high school students to have fun, compete in various engineering challenges and learn more about what Crowder has to offer in STEM fields.

  • Registration is open to 9-12 grade students with contests listed below.
  • Cost is $10 per student and includes lunch on campus. Teachers and bus drivers eat free.

Engineering Day Itinerary:  

8:30 – 9:00         Registration
9:00 – 9:30        Welcome & Announcements
9:30 – 1:00        Engineering Contests and Department Demonstrations
11:15 – 1:15      Lunch available at Crowder Dining Hall and Snack Bar
1:30                   Awards Ceremony
2:00                   Dismissal

A detailed agenda will be shared on the day of the event.

Engineering Day Contests

Click the contest name for rules and information.

Balsa Wood Bridge
Design and build a bridge constructed from balsa wood according to the contest rules which supports the maximum weight.  [Individual or team of two (2). limited to 8 teams per school]

Duct Tape Structure
Create a simple, lightweight structure capable of supporting a small ball at the highest possible height. [No more than four (4) team members per structure, limited to 10 teams per school]

Extreme Engr Challenge
Design, build and test a design given a problem, materials, and specifications provided to the contestant(s) the day of event. [No more than three (3) team members, limited to 15 teams per school]

Mouse Trap Car
Build a vehicle that is powered solely by a standard sized mouse trap that will travel a 5-meter distance in the shortest amount of time.  [Individual competition, no more the 15 participants per school]

Paper Airplane
Design and build paper aircraft for long distance and accuracy. The aircraft will be scored in two equally weighted categories. Different planes may be used for each category. [Individual or team of two (2), limited to 20 teams per school]

Penny Boat
Create a boat using tin foil that will hold as many pennies as possible without sinking. [No more than three (3) team members per boat, limited to 8 teams per school]

Ping Pong Ball Launcher
Design and build a launcher which can catapult ping pong balls at targets located twelve feet from the launcher table. [No more than three (3) team members per launcher, limited to 10 teams per school]

Rubber Band Powered Vehicle
Design, build and test a rubber band powered vehicle, which will carry a load the greatest distance. [No more then three (3) students per team, limited to 8 teams per school]

Rube Goldberg Machine
Design and build the most complicated mechanical device to achieve a simple objective: “Pour a Bowl of Cereal”. [No more than five (5) team members per machine, limited to 4 teams per school]

Team Physics Challenge
Use teamwork to describe in detail the properties and behavior of a provided physical system. [No more than three (3) members per team, limited to 1 team per school]

Tennis Ball Catapult
Create a catapult that will accurately launch a tennis ball 30 feet. [No more than four (4) team members per catapult, limited to 4 teams per school]

Workstation Assembly
Assemble parts into a bootable, internet capable computer. [Individual or team of two (2), limited to 1 team per school]


To register, teachers will need to download the Engineering Day Registration 2020, fill it in completely and email to

Cost of registration is $10 per student – regardless of the number of contests in which the student chooses to compete.

Schools should submit payment in lump sum for all students who plan to attend. Schools are welcome to pay by credit card or check. Please call Crowder’s Cashier’s Office at 417.455.5673 to pay by credit card. If you would like to pay by check, please make your check payable to Crowder College and mail it to:

Crowder College – Engineering Day
Attn: Melissa Oates
601 Laclede Ave
Neosho, MO 64850

Registration will close February 14, 2020. Registration payment should be received no later than February 21, 2020. Participation in the contest implies consent to use contest photographs in local, regional and national publicity.

For questions about Engineering Day, contest rules, or registration, please email


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