Skip to content →

2012 Walk on Water Competition

The 2012 Walk on Water competition was held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Southwestern Community College swimming pool, from 9:00 – 1:00 PM.  The competition had over 34 attendees, with 8 teams from Southwestern College, San Diego State University, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and La Jolla High School.

Teams of MESA students designed “buoyancy shoes”, and student “shoe pilots” race across the length of the pool. The competition allows students to gain experience at applying applying the engineering design process; solving open-ended problems.

Some of the campuses respective MESA programs’ refunded costs to build the buoyancy shoes that teams created to ‘walk on water’, up to $100. Southwestern College student organizations such as AMSA (American Medical Student Association) and SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) sold refreshments as part of their fundraising efforts.

The San Diego MESA Alliance would like to thank the high school team advisers/chaperones for their support, as well as the following industry and faculty volunteers:

  1. SWC ASO Leadership and the ASO Ways and Means Committee for funding the Walk on Water competition
  2. VPAA Kathy Tyner
  3. Dr. John Tolli
  4. Jennifer Harper
  5. Chief Public Information and Government Relations Officer Lillian Leopold
  6. Pro for a Day Program
  7. Jeff Dillon
  8. Steve Dow-Cummings of MWH Global
  9. Peggy Umphres of MWH Global
  10. Wedad Schlotte of NAVAIR
  11. Maria Charles of Pratt & Whitney AeroPower
  12. CNN

2012 Walk on Water Competition Final Results:

Fastest shoes:

  1. La Jolla High School – Bauhaus
  2. San Diego State University MESA – Aztec Lightning
  3. San Diego MESA College SHPE- Tanker SHPE

Most creative shoes:

  1. San Diego MESA College SHPE- Tanker SHPE
  2. Southwestern College SHPE – The Rocket Ship Deux
  3. San Diego City College MESA – The Flash

Best use of recycled material:

  1. San Diego State University MESA – Aztec Lightning
  2. San Diego MESA College SHPE- Tanker SHPE

Videos can be found at the San Diego MESA Alliance YouTube channel –Walk on Water playlist.

Photo gallery:

Published in MESA Activities Walk on Water Competition