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STEM students walk on water

The 2014 Walk on Water Competition was held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Southwestern Community College swimming pool, from 10:00 – 1:00 PM. The competition had over 73 attendees, with 9 teams from Southwestern College, San Diego State University, San Diego City College, Coronado High School Engineering Class, Discovery Charter, Town & Country Learning Center UCSD.

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. Southwestern College student organization AMSA (American Medical Student Association) 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
  2. Peggy Umphres, MWH Global
  3. Jennifer, MWH Global
  4. Maria Charles, Pratt & Whitney AeroPower
  5. Lotous LeNguyen, City of San Diego
  6. Yolanda Tanner, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
  7. Lewis Hsu, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
  8. James Mock, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
  9. Brian Ware, NSBE/Gould Electric
  10. Tessa Rogers, Town & Country Learning Center UCSD/NSBE
  11. Cheryl Beauchamp, Coronado High School Engineering Class
  12. Rick Engineering Company

2014 Walk on Water Competition Final Results:

Fastest shoes:

  1. San Diego State University MESA program – Team BATLAK
  2. San Diego City College MESA program – Silver Surfer 2.0
  3. Coronado High School Engineering Class – Team Titanic/Nado

Most creative shoes:

  1. Southwestern College – Pigment Art Club
  2. Southwestern College – SHPE Pirates
  3. Rick Engineering Company – We are Rick

Best use of recyclable materials:

  1. Southwestern College – Pigment Art Club
  2. Rick Engineering Company – We are Rick
  3. San Diego State University MESA Program – Team BATLAK

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

Photo gallery courtesy Jose Islas and Eric Pamintuan:

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