Engineering Olympiad

Camp | Grades 3-8

Who has the strength to be a world-class athlete? In this five-day camp, students will separate into counties and will compete against opposing counties in various tests of mental and creative strength. The students will earn “medals” throughout the week and will endeavor to become the next great team of Olympians.

During this Engineering Olympiad camp, students will explore the fields of mechanical engineering, marine engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering as they participate in various challenges to strengthen their minds.

Coasters 101

In this activity, students will learn some basic properties of physics such as velocity, acceleration, and gravity and how they relate to roller coasters, explore how inertia, friction, and energy can be both positive and negative aspects of the design process, understand the importance of building scale models of objects before presenting them to the class for opinions, and understand why kinetic and potential energy are the two most important factors that determine the physical success and thrill of a rollercoaster.

Zip Sail

Students will explore various sail shapes and materials and design an aerodynamic sail.

Extension: Zip Sail Math Extension

In this extension, students will draw their sail on a grid and answer questions about it’s design.

New Canoe

Students will explore basic mechanics of canoe propulsion and canoe design, investigate properties that make canoes different from other boats, conceptualize designs based on a given set of materials and other constraints, and extend their knowledge of buoyancy and buoyant forces.

Extension: New Canoe Math Extension

Students will answer mathematical questions relating to their canoe’s dimensions.


Students will acquire an understanding of magnetic concepts, differentiate between the north and south side of a magnet, and explore how to reduce friction on a moving vehicle.

Paper Tower Challenge

Students will learn about strengths of materials and how they can be used to their advantage, understand the importance of incorporating balance into their designs, and realize that various materials can change a design’s strength properties.