Ropes of Engineering


This challenge requires the team to work together to spell out ASCE, which stands for the American Society of Civil Engineers; using ropes and a permanent marker. Our team had to maneuver a device made of three ropes with lengths of ten feet, eight feet, and twelve feet tied together at a single point, dangling from the knot where the ropes were connected was a permanent marker. To make the challenge more difficult only one person could hold the shortest rope and had to hold it with both hands, the other ropes could only be maneuvered two people, each person using only one hand. 

Several other teams competed in the challenge including King Kekaulike High School, Keaau High School, McKinley Hscreen-shot-2016-09-09-at-5-09-26-pmigh School, and Maui Preparatory Academy. Though the challenge was difficult, the Tiki Tech Team won, by a large margin. During the challenge, the Kealakehe team worked as a collective mind; adding tension to allow for linear movement of the center point holding the marker, maintaining smooth motions while the pen moved and keeping the pen on the paper.

After the team toured the College of Engineering at Manoa. While viewing the nanomaterial labs, the team witnessed college students design racecars, make model planes using carbon fibers, and grow carbon nanotubes for experimentation.

Awarded for their teamwork, the team received an honorary bowl and souvenir flash drives filled with information on applying to the UH Manoa College of Engineering and joining an experience shared by alumni.