The Central New York Bridges: Build ’Em and Bust ’Em bridge building competition provides 4th – 12th grade students a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity. This event gives students an opportunity to test their ability in engineering, teamwork, and design.
Each team of between two and four students builds a balsa wood bridge to test the strength and durability of their design. Awards are presented to the four top teams in these categories:
- Category I – Grades 4-6
- Category II – Grades 7-8
- Category III – Grades 9-12
The VEX IQ challenge uses a robotics kit of the same name that was designed to be simple and easy for students as young as 8 to use. Structural pieces snap together and come apart without tools, allowing for quick build times and easy modifications. A variety of gears, wheels and other accessories allows for customization of robots.
Each year’s team challenge is different and the team must accomplish a task with its robot they built and programmed. The event is open to students in grades four through eight. Families of participants and the general public are invited to watch the competition.
The MOST hosts its annual Central New York Science & Engineering Fair every March at SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College campus. Students get the lifelong benefit of understanding science in a unique, hands-on way by actually performing an experiment of their own design or engineering a device or process.
There are two categories:
- Junior, for fourth- through eighth-graders
- Senior, ninth- through 12th graders
All students compete for awards that can include cash prizes. Senior-level students also compete for substantial college scholarships and an all-expenses paid trip to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.
The public is welcome to attend the Fair, free of charge!
Middle and high school students build rockets from kits, paint them, and bring them to Syracuse University’s Skytop field the first Saturday in June for launching. Teams are judged on the quality of their construction, knowledge of the subject, how well they estimated their trajectory, and whether or not their “eggstronaut” survived its ride into the sky.
Awards are given in two categories: junior for grades 4 through 8 and senior for grades 9 through 12. The launches are fun to watch and the general public is invited to attend this free event.