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High School Students to Compete in 6th Annual Egg Drop Competition at COTC

NEWARK, Ohio, March 30, 2018– More than 400 central Ohio high school students are preparing to compete in the 6th annual High School Egg Drop Competition at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). The event is being held on 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 hosted 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.​

First-place winners receive a $1,000 COTC scholarship (junior and seniors only) along with a trophy and mini-3D-printer. Second-place winners receive and Apple watch series 1 and trophy; third place winners receive a COTC swag bag and trophy.​

Sponsors for this year's event include Newark Army Recruiting Office ($1,000 T-shirt sponsor), UMD Automated Systems ($1,000 trophy sponsor), MPW Industrial Services ($1,000 backpack sponsor), and Varo Engineers ($500 room sponsor). General event sponsors ($300) include Trust Tech Tire Repairs; MS Consultants, Inc.; McWane Ductile; CESO, Inc.; Ampacet Corporation; Hull and Associates, Inc. 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.​

Community members are invited to view the morning egg drops with an awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m.​

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.