Student teams are completing preparations to compete in the finals of the Construction Challenge teen competiton sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The finals will take place May 20-23, 2009 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville during the Global Finals competition of Destination ImagiNation (DI). DI is a challenge partner. Construction Challenge participants will join thousands of other students on campus for the DI global finals, showing off their creativity, team work and problem-solving skills.
At the AEM Construction Challenge finals, more than 40 teams from across the United States, and Toronto, Canada, will compete with and against each other for scholarships and prizes, as well as learn new skills and network with construction industry leaders.
This year's three challenges include:
- Manufacturing Design - Free Flow: designing, manufacturing and testing an operating scale model of construction equipment that moves materials to direct up to 600 gallons of free-flowing water to specific sites;
- Service Tech - Piling it On: designing and building one piece of industrial "equipment" that will transport and stack building materials, with a twist: repair technicians from a different team must be trained to fix the team's equipment, and two repairs must be made during competition; and
- Infrastructure-PR Campaign: developing a public event to educate communities about local infrastructure issues - and solutions.
AEM along with DI developed the Construction Challenge to engage teens through a hands-on, educational experience that introduces them to construction careers such as engineers, equipment technicians and manufacturing professionals. The program offers an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and community leaders to learn more about rewarding industry career paths, and the important role of construction equipment in creating and maintaining the high quality of life enjoyed in North America and Europe as well as by increasing numbers in the developing world.
In February 2009, more than 300 teams competed in 15 simultaneous qualifying rallies across the U.S. and in Toronto to secure their spot in the finals.
2009 AEM Construction Challenge Finals Teams
Here's the list of teams (and their industry sponsors) competing in the AEM Construction Challenge Finals, being held May 20-23, 2009 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville during the Global Finals competition of Destination ImagiNation (DI). DI is a partner of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) in the Challenge.
Desert Wind Middle School, Maricopa (Sponsored by New Holland/Kobelco Construction)Gilbert High School, Gilbert (Sponsored by JCB)Desert Ridge High School, Mesa
School of Engineering and Sciences, Sacramento (Sponsored by Kobleco Cranes North America)Granite Hills High School, El Cajon (Sponsored by Multiquip Inc.)School of Engineering and Sciences, Sacramento (Two additional unsponsored teams)
Overland Trail Middle School, Brighton (Sponsored by John Deere Construction & Forestry Company) GeorgiaCarson Middle School, Greensboro (Sponsored by Sandvik Mining and Construction)
Perspectives IIT/Math & Science, Chicago (Sponsored by Metso Minerals)Bartlett High School, Bartlett (Sponsored by WackerNeuson Corporation)New Trier High School, Winnetka
Lawrence High School, Lawrence (Sponsored by Case Construction Equipment)
Southeastern Regional Vocational High School, S. Easton Elizabeth Hastings Middle School, Fairhaven (Sponsored by Liebherr Mining Equipment Co.)Stoughton High School, Stoughton
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