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ERIC Number: EJ1141530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
The Crab Boat Engineering Design Challenge
Love, Tyler S.; Ryan, Larry
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v76 n7 p8-14 Apr 2017
Crab cakes and football, that's what Maryland does!" (Abrams, Levy, Panay, & Dobkin, 2005). Although the Old Line State is notorious for harvesting delectable blue crabs, the movie "Wedding Crashers" failed to highlight something else Maryland does well: engineering design competitions. This article discusses how a multistate engineering design challenge raised science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) awareness through collaborations with university, U.S. military, community, and industry partners. The design challenge presented here tasked students with designing a remote-controlled, scaled model of a crab boat. Their boat had to maneuver within a Chesapeake Bay course and collect as many miniature crab baskets as possible as quickly as possible. An event highlight video and other resources are available on the competition website (UMES, 2016). The authors also provide recommendations to develop similar engineering design challenges.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A