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South Western Career Academy Team Wins 5th Annual Egg Drop Competition at COTC

NEWARK, Ohio, April 28, 2017 – A team from South Western Career Academy in Grove City took home the first place trophy in the 5th Annual Egg Drop competition at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). Each member of the team won a $1,000 scholarship to COTC. Another team from South Western Career Academy took second place, and a team from Wooster High School placed third. Lancaster High School (LHS) took home the overall winner trophy.

More than 400 students from 24 different Ohio high schools competed. Students and teams traveled from as far away as Wooster, Urbana and St. Paris.  The competition was held today (Friday, April 28) 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 2017 event was sponsored by two $1,000 prize sponsors (MPW Industrial Services and the Newark Army Recruiting Center), one $1,000 trophy sponsor (Owens Corning), one $1,000 backpack sponsor (UMD Automated Systems), one $500 VIP room sponsor (ADR & Associates), and eight $300 general event sponsors (Ampacet Corporation, Licking Memorial Hospital, McWane Ductile, ms consultants, Packaging Corporation of America, Inc., Park National Bank, Screen Machine Industries, and Weekley Electric, LLC). 

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. 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.