About TECh 2013

2013 Tulsa Engineering Challenge (TECh) was held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Tulsa Technology Center, Riverside Campus, 801 East 91st Street, Jenks, Oklahoma.

Results of the 14 competitions are posted here. To see a complete List of the events and their basic objectives click here .  In addition to the main events there are lots of other exciting things to do at TECh. There are other contests open to all participants the day of the challenge that do not require advanced preparation. Also, since TECh is held in an airport hanger, there are some fascinating displays relating to airplanes. Local universities, companies and engineering organizations also setup booths where students can learn about careers in science and engineering.

At this one-day event held annually, students in grades 4 -12 compete in events where they design and build a specific device to compete against other area students.  The events are fun and rewarding for the students.  More importantly, the hands-on-learning is often the spark that inspires a student to pursue a career in science and engineering.

In 2013 more than 1250 students participated.  They represented 49 schools & divisions (divisions were 6th grade and under, 7th & 8th grade, and 9th – 12th grade).  They participated in 14 events intended to whet the appetite of our younger generation for careers in engineering, sciences, and math.  In addition to the events, there were several exhibitors including a Chemistry Physics Magic Show and Fishing Well.  It was indeed a joint society event with almost every member of the Tulsa Engineering Foundation (TEF)  participating — either as exhibitors, volunteers or judges.  Below is a list of the activities and the organization responsible.

2013 Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Judging Organizations.

2013 SponsorsEinstein ($2,500+) are Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Google, Spirit AeroSystems,Tulsa Pipeline Expo, and Tulsa Technology Center-Riverside Campus; Engineer ($1,000) are FlightSafety International, and  Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers; Scientist ($500+)  are American Society of Civil Engineers – Oklahoma Section, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, International Society of Automation, Society of American Military Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers;  Technologist ($100+)  are American Society of Civil Engineers – Tulsa Branch, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Welding Society, Cobb Engineering, and Vacuworx.  In-kind contributors were Cobb Engineering Company,  OSU Institute of Technology,  QuikTrip, and Venture Technical Resources.

2013 Exhibitors: AWS, FAB LAB Tulsa, SWE Chemical Magic Show,  OSSM,  ORU Engineering, OSU Institute of Technology,  SPE – Oil Well Fishing, FIRST Team 982, Comandorobots, OKSEF,  Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Alliance for Engineering, Tulsa Tech, Tulsa Geoscience Center, and Vacuworx International.

In planning for each year, we need help in a number of ways.  We need volunteers that can help organize the event and/or help on the day of the event.  We need individuals or companies to sponsor activities by donating money, prizes, or giveaways.  Most significantly, we need help spreading the word about the event.  Less than 10% of schools that could participate actually do. If you know a student that is not involved with TECh, let their teacher/school know about it. For more information: email techallenge@yahoo.com (Meg Broge, Chairman)

Sponsors of the events:

  • AIChE — Chemical Switch
  • ASCE — Toothpick Bridge
  • ASME — Rubber-Band Powered Vehicle
  • IEEE — Electric Motor
  • OSPE — Aluminum Boats
  • OSPE — Wacky Wonder Works
  • SAME — Ping-Pong Ball Launcher
  • SME — Mini Math
  • SPE — Fishing Well
  • SWE — Chemistry / Physics Show
  • SWE — Digital Poster
  • AEP/PSO – Extreme Engineering Challenge
  • Cobb Engineering/OSUIT – Academic Olympiad
  • FlightSafety — Robot
  • Hilti and Spirit AeroSystems — Paper Airplane Distance & Duration

2012 TECh Results: Individual competitions and their results are available here.

2011 TECh Results: Individual competitions and their results are available here.

2010 TECh Results: Individual competitions and their results are available here.

2009 TECh Results Individual competitions and their results are listed on the 2009 Website: http://sites.google.com/site/tulsaengchallenge/ See the left navigation sidebar.

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