“The weather cooperated just when we needed it to, so that we could shoot bottle rockets at 10:30 outside,” Ricks said.
This year, there were seven high schools represented, and students from four universities also came to show the high schoolers what kind of science and engineering opportunities there are after high school, Ricks said.
High schools represented are Trigg County, Christian County, Graves County, Murray, Calloway County, Madisonville and Paducah.
Universities represented are the University of Kentucky Paducah campus, Murray State University, Hopkinsville Community College and Austin Peay State University.
Ricks said that each school likely brought between 20 – 27 students, so it’s possible that around 140 students competed.
There were showcases of some of the top engineering-related projects from each of the schools, and there was also a dragster car contest, a 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) contest, a technology problem-solving contest, a 2-liter bottle rocket contest and an on demand video contest, which is new this year. Ricks explained what that is.
“On demand video is a contest where the students had to prepare a video around a genre with assigned props to tell a story in one – two minutes,” Ricks said.
In the dragster car Contest, Emily Shipley of Trigg County High School won first place, followed by John Montgomery of Calloway County and Jesse Spears of Paducah. In the bottle rocket contest, Christina Day of Paducah won first place, followed by Kelsey Teel of Madisonville and Jordan Garcia of Graves County.
In the showcase contest, Ian Holmes and Simon Mikocik of Calloway County won first place, followed by Jared Stallons and Alex Carr of Trigg County and Katy Ashby of Madisonville. In the CAD contest, Jerry McKenzie of Madisonville won first place, followed by Clifton Henley of Graves County and Trace Kuberski of Trigg County.
In the technology problem-solving contest, Zach Yonts and Jacob Hutchens of Madisonville won first place, followed by Ian Holmes and Kyle Lewis of Murray and Tanner Greatly and Ragon Grimes of Graves County.
In the on demand video contest, Alyssa Stallons, Malea Lewis, Conner McCloud and Dilland Lancaster of Trigg County won first place, followed by Kris Cole of Calloway County and Dustin Blankenship, Devon Williamson, Dashan Williamson and William Dillard of Christian County.
“We hope to have grant funding for next year; we will have to wait and see,” said Ricks.