The purpose of the Engineering Olympics is to excite and inform high school students about the engineering profession and provide them with an opportunity to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the "real world". This event gives students 'hand's on' challenges where they can apply knowledge gained through their high school courses. This event is held early May, and is an all day affair. Schools from the entire region (Upper Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) have participated over the years.
Engineering Olympics, as an all day event, tends to follow
a set plan. Four main competitions are held in the
morning. These four competitions have certain criteria
that must be met. The schools are normally notified
three months in advance about these competitions and are
allowed the remainder of the time until the event to work
on their projects.
students who participate are asked to work in teams of
four. Following the morning competitions a lunch
is served. After this, an on-site 'mystery' competition
is held. The On-Site Competition is kept a secret
until the day of the event. No school is given prior
Engineering Fundamentals Department supplies all of the
materials necessary, and the students are given around
an hour that afternoon to do the best they can on whatever
the competition happens to be. It
consisted of the four competitions, Previous Engineering
Olympics have included contests such as the Mackintooth
Bridge, Bomb the Beanies, Robo Soccer, and Mickey on the
Move, and the On-Site Competition: "Grape Juice".