The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) hosted several events during Engineer’s Week. One of which was the Student Design Competition held in the Helen and Arthur Mason Library on February 19th. Students from 8 local high schools competed in the competition. There were 24 teams with 2 members on each team. Each team was given two hours and a building kit containing; plastic bags, paper clips, Popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and other simple household items to build a “Mars rover.” The first place winners were Natalie Todaro and Lila Saunders. The girls received a $100 gift certificate, a membership to the Tullahoma Hands-on Science Center, and a framed, autographed photo of UTSI Alumni and NASA Astronaut, Barry “Butch” Wilmore.
Two other events were held at UTSI for Engineer’s Week. The Math Counts Competition was held on February 2nd which included 4 local middle schools with 48 students that competed. There was also an Engineer’s Banquet held in The View dining hall on February 21st. Winners from the math and building competition attended and were recognized during the banquet. Congratulations to all that competed and we hope to see you next year!