In order to create a science playground and encourage creativity for students, on December 17th, 2018, The School of Engineering of Tan Tao University (TTU) held a Creative Youth Contest 2018. The Competition is in the framework of Introductory Mechanics so most of the contestants are students who are attending this class. In addition, this contest is also open for students of other schools, especially School of Medicine.
The content of the contest includes two major part: “Funny Invention” and “Water Rocket”
“The Funny Invention” section was held at Gillis Hall. Participating teams had to invent things applied learned Physics principles by using simple and environmental friendly materials. In addition, each team will have 5 minutes to present the mechanism and meaning in the decoration of water rockets and things created.
The most interesting part is the 2nd contest – “Water Rocket” took place at the Prince’s Football Field. The content of the test includes “Long-range water rocket” and “High-altitude water rocket launcher”. Each team must apply the knowledge learned from Introductory Mechanics to create their own water rocket so that they can fly far or high.
The long-range missiles were made from 1.5L plastic bottles, the rocket’s head and body were linked with silicone glue. Besides, our team’s water decoration ideas were really eye-catching and the meaning was also one of the points counted in the contest.
The high-altitude missile has a structure which is similar to a long-range missile, but has an extra compartment made from recycled nylon and designed to open parachute when the missile falls.
Some pictures from the contest and the results of the teams:
The image of the firing water rocket and opening parachutes made viewers extremely excited.
The teams also had many hilarious moments. The joining hands to contribute and help was also one of the beautiful images of the contest.
At the end of the competition, Group 4 was excellent to win as it had the longest missile range as well as the longest time to fall. Group 1 was the second runner up. The third prize was divided into groups 2 and 3.
The 2018 Creative Youth Competition not only created moments of healthy competition but also facilitated students to be creative and increase solidarity, mutual support for success which are special things of students of Tan Tao University.