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Engineering Competition

Competition Instructions

2018 Engineering Competition - Application Deadline: Feb. 12th, 2018

3rd Annual Engineering Design Competition Wednesday, Feb. 21st at 6:00-9:00pm

Egg Drop Challenge

The impulse of a racket on a tennis ball is what rapidly changes the balls direction in the span of a fraction of a second. Since the energy change is very large, this change has to be done with either a very large force over a very short time (such as a ball hitting the racket), or a small force over a very long time. The force comes from the motion of the racket pushing against the ball. The time is determined by how long the ball remains in contact with the racket.

To get an idea of how much stopping distance an egg needs to not break - we need to find out how well it responds under pressure. To this end you will be finding how much force it takes to break an egg. You will do this by stacking weights on a board supported by the egg until it breaks. (Keep the egg in a plastic bag while you do this).

Unlike the tennis ball, the egg cannot easily deform itself to increase the time it is in contact with a surface. This is why a dropped egg will shatter when it hits a hard surface. Remember it’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop.

Dropping Eggs Safely

The challenge itself is to find a way to keep an uncooked egg from breaking when dropped from a height of approx. 15-feet. Each team will be provided with two (2) medium size eggs at the competition. To that end, you will need some limited materials, listed below:


  • Cardboard box
  • Four paper plates
  • Twenty Rubber bands
  • Three Styrofoam cups
  • Tape
  • Twelve Wooden Skewers
  • Paper clips

Contraptions will be evaluated prior to competition to ensure compliance with use of above limited materials; and then dropped from an approx. 15-feet height from the bottom of the container. The team(s) with the ‘lightest’, ‘smallest’, and ‘most innovative’ containers in which the egg does NOT break will be awarded prizes. NOTE: While size is an important design criteria, the total weight of your design (less the egg) will be taken into consideration.


  • Each team must enroll at, no later than February 12, 2018.
  • Enroll your team online here
  • Each team will be limited to two (2) students,
  • The winning teams will receive the following prizes:
    • 1st place team
      • Each team member will receive a scholarship in the amount of $625 to be applied toward tuition fees, textbooks, or other instructional related materials if enrolled at VVC;
    • 2nd place team
      • Each team member will receive a scholarship in the amount of $415 to be applied towards tuition fees, textbooks, or other instructional related materials if enrolled at VVC; and
    • 3rd place team
      • Each team member will receive a scholarship in the amount of $210 to be applied towards tuition fees, textbooks, or other instructional related materials if enrolled at VVC.
  • The winning team members shall have two years from the competition date, to use the scholarship funds at VVC.

Good luck everyone.

Competition Information

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2017 Engineering Competition

2nd Annual High School engineering Competition

How would you span a freeway, a deep canyon gorge, a river or an ocean waterway?  Bridges are essential to our world’s infrastructure.

Model Bridge Building Competition, designed to create a greater awareness of careers in engineering, gives students the opportunity to making the connection between what they learn in the classroom and real-world applications.  But the competition is about more than building a bridge.  It is about stimulating, educating, communicating, about real-life problem solving (engineering) and its contribution to society.  Students will best experience tomorrow’s opportunities by applying technical applications to today’s problems.  Working in teams of two, students were challenged to design and build a bridge from basswood and commonly available adhesive (

A total of twenty-two teams, juniors and seniors from area high schools, competed in Victor Valley College’s 2nd Annual High School Bridge Competition on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  The goal of competition was to build a bridge with highest efficiency, where efficiency was calculated by taking the force applied to the bridge at failure and dividing it by the weight of the bridge.  Winning teams, all from Adelanto High School, were:

  • 1st place:  David Vallejo and Alex De La Rosa
  • 2nd place: Allen Hanscom and Matthew Quang
  • 3rd place: Beatriz Garcia and Amanda Martinez

Finally, and on behalf of students, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Victor Valley College’s Foundation for their financial support in providing scholarships to the winning teams.

View 2017 Engineering Competition Photo Gallery


2016 Engineering Competition

The most stimulating aspects of engineering is ‘Problem Solving’. To stimulate this creativity, a competition to design a bridge from Popsicle sticks, which could carry the most weight (ratio of the weight of the bridge compared to load carried by the bridge) was introduced to local high school students.

The competition was held on Feb. 17, 2016 on VVC’s campus, and fourteen local high school teams competed in this event. The first place winner’s bridge, weighing only 0.290 lb. carried a load of 242 lbs., or a ratio of 83,210.5 – a remarkable factor.

Congratulations to our winners, and all the participating student teams. We also would like to thank our high schools teachers for their encouragement and working with their students, as well as VVC’s students for their assistance in running such as successful event, and pictures highlighting the event.

View 2016 Engineering Competition Photo Gallery



Last Updated 2/1/18