CIE Youth Engineering Fair

The CIE/USA-DFW Youth Engineering Fair was successfully held in QD Academy on June 4, 2011 12:30 – 5 pm. The fair one of the sponsored CIE youth programs by Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments, Nokia-Siemens Network, Raytheon and America First Insurance. The major goal of the fair was to promote creativity among youths, to inspire youths’ interest in engineering and technology, and to encourage the youths to choose engineering as their career in the future.

The fair attracted 116 registered students from Grade 1 to 11 to participate in various engineering fun and competitions.  The fair featured two major segments in parallel. The first segment was the on-site “Tower Building Grand Challenge” competition for the students in Grade 7 to 12. During the competition, the students were required to work in a team of two. The teams are given limited supply of newspaper and tapes to accomplish challenging engineering task of building the tallest and most stable tower within specific duration of time. The competition focuses on the students’ teamwork, creativity, and resourcefulness in their comprehension of science and engineering. The competition was judged in two major categories, i.e. Category A for Grade 7‐9, and Category B for Grade 10‐12. A total of 28 students participated in this challenge, and 14 highly creative and impressive towers were built!

In the second segment, an engineering fun event was held for the younger students, who are in Grade 1 – 6. The students accomplished small engineering fun projects with various kits provided. The students will build engineered “product” according to specifications with their own flare of creativity, either individually or in a team. The activities held include the Egg Drop Fun, Weighted Bungee Fun and Bridge Building Fun for students in Grade 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6, respectively. Even though the students were very young in age, they were able to show their impressive creativity skills to build various interesting “products”.

CIE/USA-DFW is proudly to announce the winner of the competitions:

Tower Building Grand Challenge:

Grade 7 – 9
First Place: David Wei and Eugene Wu
Second Place: Max Chen and Thomas Yu
Third Place: John Lee and Kevin Wei
Honorable Mention: Darren Loh and Sina Tartibi
Honorable Mention: Kevin Wang and Tiger You
Honorable Mention: Prithvi Thavanampalli and Jesse Grant

Grade 10 – 12:
First Place: Stephanie Kao and Nour Sharaf
Second Place: Sharwin Khot and Cary Kuo

Egg Drop Fun:
First Place: Lillian Ye
Second Place: Jennifer Su
Third Place: Rominna Sharifi and Michelle Kallas
Honorable Mention: Maggie Yan
Honorable Mention: Conny Cai and Ethan Yu
Honorable Mention: Eric Wang

Weighted Bungee Fun:
First Place: Ryan Sih and Derex Wangmang
Second Place: Payton Lii
Third Place: Tiffany Li
Honorable Mention: Ian Fan
Honorable Mention: Ishan Shah
Honorable Mention: Rishi Shridharan

Bridge Building Fun:
First Place: Zole Fan and Kathleen Shao
Second Place: Sarah Sidique and Lydia Guo
Third Place: Michael Loney
Honorable Mention: Roxanna Sharifi and Danielle Kallas
Honorable Mention: Lin Lin Lee and Michelle Mao
Honorable Mention: Ashwin Devaraj and Tiger Zhang

A number of robotics competition groups were also visiting during the event to motivate students. The parents and students were enthusiastically discussing with these groups to see how robotics‐based projects can help stimulating students’ interested in engineering and technology during early ages.

Ms. Sue A. Kwan, Lockheed Martin’s representative, gave a brief speech during the award presentation session to the audience to inspire their interest in the field of engineering. She was one of the award presenter, and she also brought his son to participate in the fair. The Engineering Fun “designer”, Mr. Mark Wolfe from Texas Instruments, Mr. Ke Bi from Nokia-Siemens Network, Dr. Qing Zhao from Texas Instruments Chinese Initiative, and Ms. Melanie Huang from Raytheon were among the award presenters for the event. The MC of the award presentation was Mr. Richard Yang. Nokia-Siemens Network also sponsored gifts for the lucky drawing sessions for the fair.

The event chair of the event was Dr. Chinpei Tang. The fair also received help from over 40 volunteers, who enthusiastically assisted in the organization of the event.

CIE/USA is a non‐profit professional organization dedicated in part to promote the public interest in science, engineering and technology. Every year the DFW chapter offers free public seminars and symposiums to keep local professionals abreast about the latest trends and progress in the various fields. The CIE Youth Programs are a significant component of the CIE services portfolio to the local communities. In 2010 alone, more than 1800 youths and their parents benefited from the CIE services through many youth programs. CIE/USA-DFW is currently actively organizing math competition, math camp, summer camp, speech context, English essay competition and some other programs for this year. Please check the official website at www.cie-dfw.org to register and participate in these exciting events!

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