Engineering summit to showcase student projects
by Alan Reed
May 07, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On your mark… Get set… Dragster cars like this one will settle the dispute of fastest car at the Engineering Summit. Cars use compressed air for propulsion and travel on strings to guide them along a straight course.
On your mark… Get set… Dragster cars like this one will settle the dispute of fastest car at the Engineering Summit. Cars use compressed air for propulsion and travel on strings to guide them along a straight course.
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If a reader spots rockets in the skies of Trigg County or hears the roar of a dragster’s engine on May 8, it’s not the Army or a new speedway. The unusual sights and sounds come from the Lake Barkley State Resort Park. The Cadiz/Trigg County Economic Development Commission, West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and Trigg County High School Pre-engineering Program plan to present the first Regional Engineering Summit with a kickoff by State Senator Ken Winters at 10 a.m., ending at 1:30 p.m.

Pre-engineering teacher Lori Ricks said that Trigg County pre-engineering students will be joined by their counterparts from North Madisonville, Marshall County, Graves County and Christian County High Schools in the Summit. “We have five area schools in Project Lead the Way coming to the summit, and that’s wonderful,” she said.

Ricks said that she expects up to 25 students per school at the event. Several state universities plan to feature displays at the event. Hopkinsville Community College plans to present information about programs available, while the University of Kentucky of Paducah plans to showcase what Ricks described as a Baja car featured in national competitions. She added that Murray State University intends to bring bicycles built on campus and raced in competitions. The Kentucky National Guard will offer students a demonstration of Global Positioning Equipment.

Between opportunities to see engineering in action, students will challenge each other with their own projects. Ricks said that the event features three competitions. “ We have the showcase competition with engineering projects that students spent a lot of time on in and outside of class. The projects will be judged by industry leaders.”

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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