The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will host the country's future engineers at its 28th Annual Drop it, Build it, Float it, Launch it, Thrill it engineering competition. ‘Float it’ will be new this year, replacing the former ‘Fly it’ segment of the day-long event. Elementary, middle and high school students from all over South Florida are invited to compete for nearly $5,000 in prize money up for grabs.
The contest celebrates engineering ingenuity with entrants able to participate in five different design contests. Competitors will see if they have a good egg or Humpty Dumpty after their egg container takes a three-story drop from a cherry picker in the Drop It competition; or if their bottle rocket will blast off or fizzle out during the Launch It competition. Bridges will be built, floatable boats will be crafted and roller coasters will operate as students compete for prize money, awarded to the first through fourth place winners in each category. The competition will be judged by the Florida Engineering Society. The Science Center is pleased to host this event for nearly 30 years
“With Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition on display, we started thinking ‘Float it’ should be a new element this year,” said Lew Crampton, Science Center CEO. “Similar to ‘Fly it,’ students will be making their boat on site with everyday household items provided to them. We are really excited to see how well this new competition is received. We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with the Florida Engineering Society and for the continued support of many longtime sponsors. It is our mission to ‘open every mind to science’ and this event encourages children of all ages to pursue careers in engineering, science and math.”