National Engineers' Week Student Competitions

General Information for 2012 Student Competitions

UAA Campus, Anchorage, AK

Saturday February 18, 2012; 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Awards Ceremony at 3:00 pm

Last edited 1/26/2012

The intent of National Engineer’s Week is to heighten public awareness of the engineering professions and to highlight the individual disciplines and fields represented. Just as importantly, it is used to encourage school age children to participate in the many educational programs and opportunities available to prepare for engineering. The National Engineer's Week Competitions are supported by the UAA School of Engineering and engineers from south central Alaska.

Again this year, Engineers’ Week programs include several competitions, planned to encourage participation in Science and Engineering and challenge students at all levels. The contests will be held on the UAA Campus, Anchorage, AK.

REGISTRATION:  There is no early registration.  Just show up the day of the competition and register at the event locations  (see the UAA map on this web site for locations).  All competitions are held simultaneously in a "fair" format.  There is no interschool competition.  Teams for the egg drop and floatable moatable can represent more than one school.  Water cannons and towers must be constructed (at school or at home) before the day of competition, and may be constructed by individuals or small teams.   It is recommended that the students get there early and signup for a time slot in the Floatable Moatable competition as this competition fills up quickly. 

RULES:  The following competitions are currently scheduled as a part of 2012 Anchorage Engineer’s Week

    The Geomatics Competition (UAA Geomatics Department)

    The Floatable Moatable Marble Competition (Society of American Military Engineers)

    The Egg Drop Competition (Society of Women Engineers)

    The Structural Engineering Competition: Tower of Power (American Society of Civil Engineers)

    Shake & Break (UAA Geomatics Student Association)

    The Paper Airplane Distance Competition (Alaska Water & Wastewater Management Association)

    Water Cannon (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

PHYSICS CIRCUS:  Dr. Greg Parrish and his colleagues will seek to dazzle and amaze once again with their Physics Circus at 2:00 PM in the engineering building. Join us for the show after you've completed your competitions.

AWARDS CEREMONY:  All competitions will be concluded by 2:30 pm and the awards ceremony will be held at approximately 3:00 pm in the UAA Engineering Building Atrium. Students who cannot stay for the awards ceremony can pick up their trophies from the UAA School of Engineering office during week days after the competition. 

Awards: Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each of the competitions for the following categories:  

Grades 1-3 (one category)
4-6 (one category)
7-8 (one category)
9-12 (one category)

Teachers are encouraged to help the students form teams and to coach them in preparation for the competitions. Classroom assistance is available to help students prepare for the various competitions, if requested. For further information, contact Zachary Zaletel, Student Activities Competition Committee Chairman via e-mail at