Engineering Students Put Design Skills to the Test

JCC engineering students received numerous awards for their design skills at the recent Grifols Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest.

Students received numerous awards in Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest.

Twenty-nine engineering students at Johnston Community College put their bridge designing skills to the test recently during the Grifols Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest.

This is the second time JCC has participated in the event. Students were led by engineering instructor Albert Brewer.

Ed Sierra of Four Oaks and Francisco Valdivia of Middlesex received the first place award for the Most Aesthetically Pleasing Bridge in the college division. They also received first place for the Most Innovative Bridge.

Hampton Moore of Selma, Joshua Murphy of Smithfield, and Ayden Ferrell of Clayton received the award for second Most Aesthetically Pleasing Bridge and second Most Innovative Bridge.

Three JCC teams placed in the Highest Efficiency Rating Award. Omar Phillpotts of Garner, Brandon Thompson of Smithfield, and Aaron Penny of Four Oaks took first place. Dylan Mason of Clayton, Colin Tart of Garner, and Andrew Topoly of Smithfield received the second highest efficiency rating. Rayne Sharrett of Clayton and Joshua Boyd of Clayton got the third highest efficiency rating.

“The competition helps students learn teamwork, effective communication skills, project and time management, along with how to design and build a structure with high quality and within specifications to perform a task before a deadline in order to qualify and be competitive,” Brewer said. “These are real functions STEM students will face in their college curriculum and careers in a competitive global marketplace.”

A total of 46 teams representing middle, high school, and college students in Johnston County participated in the event.