Mechanical Engineers Mentor Students at 2013 Maryland Science Olympiad

Calvin Douglass EIT, LEED AP, and Alex Stough EIT, LEED AP represented James Posey Associates at the 2013 Maryland Science Olympiad Central Maryland Regional Tournament at the University of Maryland, College Park. The annual K-12 science program is an academic, interscholastic tournament made up of 46 teamwork-oriented tournament events in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology. As volunteers, Mr. Douglass and Mr. Stough organized and judged the competitions in their particular events along with assistance from University of Maryland undergraduate students and other local engineers.

Mr. Douglass led high school teams in the robot arm event, in which students had to manipulate their robot arms in order to put objects into specific designated areas within a three-minute time period to earn points. Mr. Stough led middle school teams in the boomilever event, in which the students tested a structure that they had built using a testing wall and buckets of sand, loading their structures until failure to earn points. Both said they very much enjoyed facilitating the technical development of future generations of engineers and advocating for the greater STEM community.