HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Four Summit Design and Engineering Services professionals helped judge C.W. Stanford Middle School’s in-house model water tower contest yesterday. Over 25 teams of four middle school students participated, and four teams were selected to continue on and compete in the 6th Annual Model Water Tower Competition in Raleigh.
The contest was held in conjunction with the North Carolina American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) Annual Model Water Tower Competition standards and guidelines. NC AWWA-WEA, a volunteer association, provides water and wastewater education and training “in an effort to protect public health and the environment,” according to its website. This statewide competition for elementary through middle school students assesses model water towers based on a variety of factors, including structural efficiency, hydraulic efficiency, cost efficiency and design ingenuity.
With many students interested in participating, C.W. Stanford used this statewide competition as an opportunity to host its own in-house preliminary contest. Managed through the school’s science department, this in-house contest provided the students a hands-on introduction to their next topic – the hydrosphere.
Summit professionals measured structures for compliance with competition guidelines, rated the towers on each of the aforementioned factors, and questioned the students on why they made certain design and structural decisions. “I felt like I was on Shark Tank,” one student exclaimed as the judges finished grilling his team with questions.
UPDATE (November 4, 2014): Winners from the C.W. Stanford in-house model water tower competition placed second and third at the region-level competition in Raleigh this past weekend.
Summit Judges (pictured left to right): Bobby Downes (Construction Engineering and Inspections (CEI) Manager); Kevin O’Dell, PE (Construction Services Manager); Brantley Wells, PLS (Survey Manager); Robert Bullock, PE (CEI Project Manager)