Taking Silver

Yesterday’s weather was perfect for being out on the lake all day. Day two of the ASCE competition was spent out on West Pointe Lake right on the border of Alabama and Georgia.

 

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All 20 or so schools set up tailgating tents for hanging out all day.

 

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On the bus ride over, I had a Greek yogurt and some of the granola that Marianne gave me.

 

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Saturday’s main event was concrete canoe racing. They raced all day long, different heats like girls’ endurance, boys sprints, etc.

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It takes way more strength to row a concrete canoe than a regular canoe. Plus, since they are handmade, any little error can make the boat want to go to the left or right.

 

Our girls made it look easy! (We were in the yellow.)

 

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Our canoe this year was named…. Talladega Knights. We are the UCF Golden Knights.

 

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We all gathered to watch the racing and show our school spirit!

 

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Next up was my competition, Geotechnical Engineering. We had to build a retaining wall using only poster board, tape, and construction paper.

 

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We had thirty minutes to design and install our wall into our premade sandbox.

 

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We  had a method to our madness…

 

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We then added tons of dry sand to our box, compacted, and filled to the top.

 

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We had great team work, and got everything finished before the thirty minutes was up.

 

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Not only did our retaining wall hold all the sand in the box, it held the added 50 lbs…. PLUS our team captain and president. I would say we were successful!

 

Only two schools out of 10 had retaining walls that even held the sand in the box.

 

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Go team! Aren’t are matching shirts EPIC!?

 

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By the time we got done, it was 2:00pm, and the lunch line was about to close! I was looking forward to my requested veggie sub but they were out!?!

 

I got stuck eating nasty bar-be-que. 😦

 

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The company was enjoyable, even though the food was not.

  

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Later that night, we got all dressed up and headed to the awards banquet. We all had a feeling that we had done well this year, and couldn’t wait to see how we placed!

 

The first award received was for Geotech! We placed third out of twenty schools!  We were the only small competition to get top three from UCF. So proud!

 

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Our concrete canoe placed third overall, and won a bunch of other awards as well.

 

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Steel bridge took first for the second year in a row! HOORAY!

 

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The last award announced was the overall winner. UCF took home second place, and we could not be happier! Each year we have improved, and we’re going for gold next year!

 

Obviously, we headed to the bar to celebrate.

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It was a blast!

 

Sunday morning, we had to get on the bus at 10:00 am, which felt way too early. Our hotel stay came with free Waffle House brunch, and I never pass up free food.

 

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Welcome to Affle house.

 

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Ten hours later, I was back at home, crashing in my bed!

 

I had a great weekend, and am so proud of UCF!!

 

❤ MegaNerd

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20 Responses

  1. what did you think of waffle house? me and my friends call it by awful waffle house.. haha not too much of a fan but maybe i just had a bad experience?! CONGRATS on everything–looks like a fun time!!

  2. I hate when you get stuck eating santioned “event” food! Congrats on your weekend though, I’m so impressed by female engineers- I took some beginner courses for comp sci but couldn’t imagine going much farther than that!

  3. That canoe racing looks like a blast! We vacation in Michigan and stay on the lake every year, and I love getting out there on the water.

  4. Awwh big congrats to you, sounds like you all did really well! It all looks so much fun and the weather beautiful 🙂
    Enjoy the rest of the day 🙂

  5. Ooo congrats on the wins. That sounds really fun! Happy Monday 🙂

  6. Congratulations!!! How awesome! 🙂

  7. Congrats, looks like SO much fun!!

  8. Congrats girl!!!!

    Gosh.. Waffle House waffles are the BOMB!

  9. Congrats on the victory!

  10. Is that Jonathon Defaria in the middle of the Steel Bridge group picture??

  11. Great job placing 3rd! Looks like a great event.

  12. congrats girl! 🙂

  13. Congratulations! That is fantastic!!

  14. I am so jealous of this competition. I used to compete in things like this in high school and I LOVED it! Especially the egg toss one and all the Odyssey of the Mind competition. Did you ever do that??

    So proud of you guys! Great job on the silver win!

  15. Wow, Megan!
    Congratulations!
    Looks like you´ve had quite a weekend… I mean, 2nd place!
    😀
    Oh, and by the way- gotta love free food. Right?
    Hahahahah!
    Have a terrific week, girl!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

  16. Congrats! P.S. I am a geotechnical engineer.

  17. My friend on the steel bridge here at Michigan was wondering what your specs were for the bridge? Do you give those out?

    • Depends I guess, lol. What does he want to know about it!? 😀

      I know that It was the lightest bridge at the competition- just above 250 lbs I believe. It deflected 1.2 inches which was 0.6 more than they predicted.

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