Ten Kaua‘i High School physics students recently competed against other physics students from across the state in the University of Hawai‘i Engineering Expo.
The students competed in three of the six categories, including the paper-column contest and the rubber-band car race.
Project partners Michelle Bailey and Alex Lyngstad took home the first-place prize in the paper-column contest for having the most efficient column.
They were judged on the column’s height, diameter and weight, in addition to its efficiency.
J.L. Vento took home the second-place prize in the rubber-band car contest. The competition had more than 30 cars competing on a 15-foot track.
The cars had to roll the distance of the track in order for them to be eligible for competition.
The students prepared for the expo for two months, working on their projects during their lunch break, or after school, school officials said in a press release.
They flew to O‘ahu that morning to compete all day at the university.
Partial funding for the students’ trip was provided by a grant from officials at the Kauai Economic Development Board.
Support for the students also came from employees at Kaua‘i High’s Adopt-a-School partner, Trex Corporation, whose engineers visited the school to help students with their projects.