Women in Engineering Day November 6 2015 at the University of Idaho

Challenge Yourself

Each year teams at Women in Engineering Day are asked to complete a design challenge using everyday objects.

Last year, the project was to design a bridge using an assortment of common classroom materials.  Then participants tested how many miniature cars they could place on the bridge in 60 seconds without it collapsing. The winning team was able to place 68 cars on their bridge.

Through this process, teams learned that:

  • It's not easy to come up with new uses for common things, but sometimes the best solution is right in front of you!
  • Communication skills are important to make sure everyone is working towards the same goal.
  • Testing is an important part of the design process. If one idea didn't work as expected, it's time to go back to the drawing board!
  • Sometimes you need all hands on deck to keep from losing your marbles!
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