Two Fort Wayne Community Schools freshmen this spring won $1,000 for their school through competition that celebrates and encourages engineering as a career.
The 2019 Fluor Engineering Challenge asked students to create a volleyball machine out of such materials as cups, rubber bands, paper, tape and craft sticks, according to a news release.
It required building two devices that could launch a pingpong ball back and forth over a net without letting the ball touch the ground.
Eligible entries were placed into random prize drawings based on geographic location. The New Tech Academy at Wayne High School team was among 12 winners of the U.S. drawing.
Students Nathan Tin and Ingri Vivar researched, built and modified their machine over two weeks, the release said, noting they did so during a class called Special Topics in Science.
Through the competition, students experience how engineers design solutions and how fun engineering can be, the release said.
“The annual Fluor Engineering Challenge, designed by and for employees, has been an important part of Fluor's 50-year tradition of celebrating Engineers Week,” Torrence Robinson of Fluor Corp. said in a statement.
Fluor Corp., founded in 1912, is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company.
With headquarters in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 164th on the Fortune 500 list, with revenue of $19.2 billion in 2018. The company has more than 53,000 employees worldwide, according to its website.
“Thanks to our innovative partnership with Science Buddies,” Robinson said, “we're pleased to be able to share this fun and engaging resource with students across tahe globe to provide a glimpse into this rewarding and thought-provoking profession.”
More than 4,300 students from 10 countries participated in the 2019 Fluor Engineering Challenge, according to a news release on the Science Buddies website.