Friday, March 11, 2011

CNYTEA High Speed Maglev ~ Rail Competition ~ Saturday, April 30th 2011

What: A FREE student competition for both Middle School (6-8) and High School (9-12) Central New York Technology Students. The participants will use provided Lego Simple Machine Kits to design and construct both a Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) Train & High Speed Rail Train. The teams will race along a 50 foot long track which will switch from Maglev to Traditional Rail for two separate races. The combined race times for both competitions will determined the winners for both divisions. CNYTEA will provide trophies for the Middle & High School Divisions.

When: The competition is tentatively planned for Saturday, April 30th (10 am - 3 pm) at my
Technology Lab at Ray Middle School ~ 7650 VanBuren Road, Baldwinsville.

How: There will be no need for teams to have to prepare or construct anything prior to the competition... it will be a "Hands On ~ Problem Solving" Competition. Build it, race it and have fun!

Why: We, as Technology Education Teachers, must provide our students opportunities to demonstrate their skills and to interact with other youths with similar interests. With all the statewide and national attention to the potential of high speed rail transportation, this event could draw interest from the local media and local politicians. I will work hard to invite the Post Standard, and local Television Stations, but the success of this event will totally depend on participation from a large diverse group of students. For those teachers that are looking for positive P.R. and something to excite and energize your program and students... this is an ideal event to get involved in! I will post more information on this blog as the event date draws nearer.

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