The STEM based contest is just as its name implies - a challenge.
Each team worked together to design a hydraulic device from scratch, document their work, discuss their work in an interview, demonstrate teamwork, and finally build and prove their machine could do the job.
The winning school had to show excellence in all those steps along the way.
The object was to pick up a stubby little dowel that was about a foot away. The machine had to carry or swing the 2-inch dowel to the right to place on a three-tiered platform with each section earning points. They moved as many dowels as possible in just a couple minutes.
"It went really well," said Amos. "All you saw was smiles on their faces."