2016-2017 Contest

The 2016-2017 contest task was to Unlock and Lock it up. The contest was held on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Carnegie Science Center. Montour High School received the eighth place, Mohawk High School finished in seventh place, South Fayette High School garnered sixth place, West Mifflin Area High School finished in fifth place, Leechburg High School received fourth place, Hempfield Area High School received third place, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart finished in second place, and congratulations to our first place team, Greater Latrobe Senior High School!

In addition to the finalist awards, many special awards were given out, with the winners receiving a tour of the award sponsor's facility. The Best Execution of a Theme award, sponsored by Kennywood, went to South Fayette High School's Pittsburgh themed contraption. Best Use of Gravity, sponsored by Carnegie Science Center, went to Hempfield Area Senior High School. The What Will You Create? award, sponsored by Inventionland, went to Leechburg Area High School's Jungle themed contraption. The Rookie of the Year award went to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and was sponsored by Carnegie Science Center. The Most Green machine was from Springdale Jr./Sr. High School, and the award was sponsored by ALCOSAN. Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center was awarded Best Transportation System, sponsored by Bombardier Transportation. Pittsburgh Allderdice High School received the Most Efficient Reset award, presented by Bayer HealthCare. The Westinghouse Electric Company LLC sponsored the Longest Successfully Executed Contraption award, which went to Hempfield Area High School.

Congratulations to all of the schools that participated in the 2016-2017 contest and thanks to all of the volunteers and participants who made the event such a success. The contest would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, Carnegie Science Center, ALCOSAN, Bayer HealthCare, Bombardier Transportation, Carpenter Powder Products, Inc., Inventionland, Kennywood Amusement Park, Multiscope Document Solutions and the Robotics Institute School of Computer Science - Carnegie Mellon University.

Also see:

  • 2015-2016 Contest - Tell a Story.
  • 2014-2015 Contest - Transport an Object.
  • 2013-2014 Contest - Communicate a Message.
  • 2012-2013 Contest - Fill a Container and Close It.
  • 2011-2012 Contest - Play a Musical Instrument.
  • 2010-2011 Contest - Make Change for a Dollar.
  • 2009-2010 Contest - Contruct a building.
  • 2008-2009 Contest - Wrap or unwrap a present.
  • 2007-2008 Contest - Draw and erase an "X".
  • 2006-2007 Contest - Adjust the time of an analog clock back 1 hour.
  • 2005-2006 Contest - Put toothpaste on a toothbrush.
  • 2004-2005 Contest - Fold a letter, put it in an envelope and seal the envelope.
  • 2003-2004 Contest - Apply shaving cream, shave and rinse a balloon.
  • 2002-2003 Contest - Clean, polish and buff a shoe.
  • 2001-2002 Contest - Select, wash and peel an apple.




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