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Physics Students To Compete in NCC Engineering Design Contest

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On May 1, Central Lyon Physics students will compete in an Engineering Design Contest on the campus of NCC in Sheldon.  Area high schools are in the process of building catapults or trebuchets for the competition.  There will be an accuracy competition and a distance competition.  Students will choose a launch distance of 60, 90, or 120 feet.  They will then try to make adjustments for wind and attempt to hit a 2 foot diameter bullseye on a 6 ft x 6 ft target.  After the accuracy competition, the students will then compete for the longest throw.  In years past, eggs have flown as far as 300 feet.  There is also a problem solving competition, but the students do not find out what challenge that involves until the day of the competiion.  NCC does a great job of hosting this competition each year, and our students always come away from it having learned quite a bit about the engineering design process.  This year's students are McKale Daniels, Devin Miller, Zach Springer, Tanner Vanden Top, Andrew DeNoble, Ben Van Aartsen, Ian Wells, Taeron Olson, Kade Griesse, and Trey Murray.  The pictures shows some of their calculations, planning, and supplies for their design.