County ELP students compete at KU Expo

Eighteen Marion County students in the Extended Learning Program participated Feb. 19-20 at the annual University of Kansas Expo.

The expo is an annual KU student-organized event, which is held during National Engineers? Week, Feb. 18-24.

The purpose of the event is to create excitement and interest in the fields of math, science and engineering, organizers said. More than 1,200 students from across Kansas and neighboring states attended.

Goessel students included Ben Wiens, eighth, and Erin Brubaker, seventh, with a pasta bridge design. Dane Kruger and Anna Wiens, seventh, with a volcano design. Zach Wiens, sixth, and Lydia Smith, fifth, with a pasta bridge, and Edel Miller, third, with a sailboat.

Peabody-Burns students were Christa Elliott, Tracy Henry, and Henry Cain, seventh, who constructed a water filter.

Marion-Florence students Christian Becker, Hap Waddell, and Larry Zieammermann, third, with egg drop designs.

Cooper Garman and Devin Hamm, fourth, and Tori Smith, and Nathan Baldwin, fifth, with sail boats and Jade Corona, sixth, with a speedboat design.

Sweeping the sailboat competition were Tori Smith, third, Nathan Baldwin, second, and Devin Hamm, first.

Students were asked to design sailboats (with an emphasis on Egypt) out of recycled material to race down a 10-foot water trough powered by a standardized pre-determined fan.

The sailboat competition was judged on the speed of the boat racing down the troughs along with points for a boat design that fit with the contest theme.

Students not only participated in design competitions, but they examined engineering organization displays and were challenged with interactive demonstrations.

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