The team of Paige Stockard, Olivia Stockard and Riley Roll took first place in their division in a “Water Finder” competition at the University of Kansas’ Engineering Expo.
The water competition was organized by Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a national group focused on using engineering skills to solve problems for communities in need around the world. The KU Chapter has been working to improve life for the community of Azacilo in the Bolivian Mountains. Currently, a new water source for the community is being designed by EWB to be implemented in the community in the next couple of years. The group presented a similar problem for students to research and solve.
The students looked up the coordinates, and decided that the area was near a village called Penos, and close to the Cordillera Real Mountain Range.
After researching and eliminating other solutions, the Central Heights team decided on running a water pipeline from the snow-capped mountains to the village and storing the water in above-ground tanks.
The students competed in the tournament along with others from the Central Heights and Garnett school districts’ gifted education program, taught by Amy Ray.
Competing in the elementary school division from the Garnett school district, taking home a third-place bronze medal in “Water Rocket”, were students Nick Lybarger, Jenna Schmit and Paige Rupp.
The University of Kansas Engineering Expo is an annual student-organized event during National Engineers’ week. Since 1911, Expo has strived to create excitement and interest in the fields of math, science, and engineering. During the three-day event, more than 2,000 students from elementary through high school participate in design competitions, examine engineering organization displays, hear from an industry professional about engineering in the real world, and dive into interactive demonstrations.