Prospective Engineers Drop into the Future

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ivana Campbell

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 23,2016) – Kinnick High School Engineering Club students spent an afternoon “throwing” eggs Feb. 23, but don’t worry there was no reason to call Commander Fleet Activity Yokosuka’s Security Department it was all in the name of science and engineering.

The students were participating in an “Egg Drop” contest as part of the engineering/science program at the school and an opportunity to interact with CFAY engineers.

“I thought it would be a productive and interesting way to gather people who have an interest in engineering together and exchange ideas,” said Ethan Husmann, a Kinnick sophomore who started the club last semester.

“We now have over 25 students at every meeting.”

The club and activities work in cooperation with CFAY’s Public Works Department.

“I was very pleased with the general interest and turnout for this event,” said Russell Mattson, Chief Engineer of Capital Improvements at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East, who proposed the idea in celebration of National Engineering Week to Mrs. Angie Lewis, a science teacher and club sponsor at Kinnick.

“We want to get the word out about the things we do over here in Japan and encourage the potential next generation of engineers.”

In the contest, Engineering club students and NAVFAC FE engineers competed to see who had the best egg launching apparatus.  A total of 18 of teams competed with each team given a list of supplies and 15-minute time limit to build their respective entry. Designs were graded by judges on design complexity, use of materials, and durability.

The test was when each entry was released off the ledge of the school building to test if their egg would survive a 20-foot and 30-foot drop.

Mattson said NAVFAC FE plans to make the contest an annual event.

CFAY provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces, 83 tenant commands, and 24,000 military and civilian personnel.

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