NEWARK, Ohio, April 13, 2018 – A team from Centennial High School in Columbus took home the first place trophy in the 6th Annual Egg Drop competition at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). Each member of the team won a $1,000 scholarship to COTC along with a trophy and mini-3D-printer. Another team from South Western Career Academy took second place, and a team from Granville Christian High School placed third. The Knox County Career Center won most participation points. More than 400 students from 32 different Ohio high schools competed, an increase of 33 percent over last year's participation. The competition was held Friday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055, on the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark. The competition is put on each year by COTC's engineering technology department.
The egg drop competition is a classic engineering experiment. The objective of the competition is to design a device that will protect an egg from breaking when it is dropped from a height of approximately 22 feet. Entrants compete to design the device with the lightest weight, the fewest number of parts and the most accurate fall to the drop zone target. The competition encourages ingenuity and innovation in high school students who have an interest in engineering, but it is also open to those students who plan on pursuing education outside of engineering after high school.
The 2018 event had 11 sponsors: a $1,000 t-shirt sponsor (the Newark Army Recruiting Center), a $1,000 trophy sponsor (UMD Automated Systems), a $1,000 backpack sponsor (MPW Industrial Services), one $500 VIP room sponsor (Varo Engineers), and seven $300 general event sponsors (Ampacet Corporation, CESO, Inc., Hull and Associates, Inc., McWane Ductile, MS Consultants, Inc, Trust Tech Tire Repairs, and Weekley Electric, LLC).
Four of COTC's engineering technology programs are internationally accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ETAC/ABET). To learn more about the degrees and certificates available in engineering technology, visit cotc.edu/engtech.
COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.