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Engineering Day Information  

Thank you for your interest in Crowder College’s first Engineering Day. The event is scheduled for Wednesday February 20th, 2019 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.

Engineering Day Itinerary:  

9:00 – 9:30          Registration
9:30 – 10:00        Welcome & Announcements
10:00 – 1:00        Engineering Contests and Department Demonstrations
11:15 – 12:30      Lunch available at Crowder Dining Hall and Snack Bar
1:00 – 1:30          Awards Ceremony

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]

Build A Motor
Construct a functioning electric motor using the materials provided.  [Individual or team of two]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Simple Machine Challenge
Using the provided jig and miscellaneous equipment, your team is to lift the 50lb weight a height of 24” from the ground with as little effort as possible. [No more than three (3) team members per machine]

Team Math Challenge
Use teamwork to successfully solve challenging mathematical problems.  [No more than three (3) members per team]

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

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

Workstation Assembly
Assemble parts into a bootable, internet capable computer. [Two (2) students per team]


To register, teachers will need to download the Engineering Day Registration 2019, fill it in completely and email to

Cost of registration is $3 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:

MARET Center
Attn: Melissa Oates
601 Laclede Ave
Neosho, MO 64850

Registration will open January 4, 2019 and close February 6, 2019. Registration payment should be received no later than February 13, 2019 (one week prior to event). 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