The South Florida Science Museum’s 27th annual engineering competition “Drop It, Build It, Fly It, Launch It, Thrill It” will be held Saturday, March 9. Students from all over will be competing for nearly $5,000 in prize money. Once again, the competition is open to elementary, middle and high school students and the deadline to register is March 1.
Contest entry is free to each registrant and one caregiver, and contestants receive a free lunch for the day. The community is invited to watch the competition, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with discounted museum admission prices.
The contest celebrates engineering ingenuity with entrants showing off their creative skills through five different design contests. Competitors will see if they have a good egg or Humpty Dumpty after their egg container takes a three-story drop from a cherry picker in the “Drop It” competition; or if their bottle rocket will blast off or fizzle out during the “Launch It” competition. Bridges will be built, aerodynamic paper airplanes will be flying and roller coasters will operate as students compete for prize money, which will be awarded to the first through fourth place winners in each category. The competition will be judged by the Florida Engineering Society.
“With over 100 teams actively participating in five science categories, this museum is a beehive of activity on contest day,” said Lew Crampton, museum CEO.
The engineering competition is in partnership with the Florida Engineering Society. Due to their support, and the support of generous sponsors, students will have the opportunity to take home nearly $5,000 in prize money.
To register, and for competition rules and regulations, visit www.sfsm.org. Contest entry and lunch are free to each contestant. In addition, one caregiver per registration will receive free admission to the museum for the day. Museum admission will be reduced for visitors that day to $6 for adults and $4 for children.
For more information or to register for “Drop It, Build It, Fly It, Launch It, Thrill It,” call the South Florida Science Museum at (561) 370-7723 or visit www.sfsm.org.