Widget Contest

2015 Widget Contest Sign
2015 Widget Registration Form
2015 Widget Info and Rules

 
Widget Contest
10:30AM-11:00AM
Registration Begins
11:00AM-Noon
Teams begin constructing Widgets
Noon-1:00PM
Construction Time ends and Judging begins.
Pizza lunch provided for teams, coaches & volunteers. (teams must be ready to have their Widget judged when it's their turn.)
1:00PM-1:30PM
Judging continues, results tallied.
1:45PM
Awards Ceremony

Widget Contest 1st Place Team

1st Place Team – “Invisibles” from Centruy High School.

In an amazing show of engineering skill, Century High School team “Invisibles” (pictured at left) won the annual WIDGET contest held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Second place was awarded to the “BMJS” team (pictured at left below) also from Century High School and third place went to the “Ah Choo”  team ( pictured below at right) from Mandan High School.  The annual WIDGET contest is hosted by Gateway to Science and the ND Society of Professional Engineers, Chapter 3 (NDSPE), at the Bismarck Public School Career Academy.  There was fierce competition between ten teams of students in grades 9-12. They had one hour to recreate machines that they had designed to achieve this year’s goal: pull a tissue from it’s box. A widget machine combines science, engineering, and creativity with hints of absurdity and silliness.

Pictured with each of the winning teams is Chris Bauer,NDSPE representative (on the left)

Widget Contest 2013 3rd Place

3rd Place team, “Ah” Choo from Mandan High School.

Widget Contest2013 2nd Place.

Background
For the past several years, Gateway to Science has partnered with the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers, Chapter 3, to host a competition event for older students. The competition is held in February in recognition of National Engineers Week.

What began as a paper airplane contest, roller coaster contest and then a Rube Goldberg contest, has evolved into the Widget contest, open to grades 9 – 12. The competition involves teams of 3-6 members designing and creating a machine that can accomplish a simple task using as many steps as possible. Previous competitions have included building a machine that will roll a die in as many convoluted steps as possible without any human intervention, and building a machine to unroll a roll of toilet paper at least 50 centimeters.

A widget machine combines science, engineering, and creativity with hints of absurdity and silliness.