About TECh – 2011

2011 Tulsa Engineering Challenge (TECh) was held on Friday, April 1, 2011 at the Tulsa Technology Center, Riverside Campus, 801 East 91st Street, Jenks, Oklahoma.

TECh promotes science and engineering by providing hands-on activities for students in Northeastern Oklahoma.  Our 2011 theme was Stop! Think Safety! Act Safely. TECh focuses on a Safe Today and an even Safer Tomorrow”

Click here to see a complete list of the events and their basic objectives. 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 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 2011 almost 800 students participated.  They represented 30 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 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.

Sponsors, Exhbitors and Judges are listed here. 2011 SponsorsEinstein– $2,500+ are Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Spirit AeroSystems, and Tulsa Technology Center-Riverside Campus; Scientist – $ $500+ are ASME, Cobb Engineering Company, IEEE, ISA, OSPE, Oklahoma Transportation Center, Public Service Company of Oklahoma; Technologist– $100+ are ASCE, AWS, Flint Energy Services, Macaroni Grill, OERB, OU-Tulsa, QuikTrip, SWE, and Wallace Engineering.  2011 Exhibitors: AWS, AIChE, City of Tulsa Floodplain Simulation, Fab Lab Tulsa, OSSM, OSEF – Lego League, OkTC, ORU, OSU, TCC, SPE, TEAM-Memorial Robotics Pit, and Wallace Engineering.

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)

  • AIChE — Chemical Switch
  • ASCE — Toothpick Bridge
  • ASCE — Academic Olympiad
  • 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 — Robot
  • SWE — Chemistry / Physics Show
  • AEP — Extreme Engineering Challenge
  • Hilti — Paper Airplane Distance & Duration
  • OU Tulsa – Digital Poster

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

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

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