steel challenge grand prize winner chosen
Nucor Corporation recently concluded its Strength
of Steel Challenge with an awards ceremony in Charlotte.
The Nucor Strength of Steel Challenge launched on February 22,
2011, during National Engineers Week. The Challenge is an effort
to encourage middle and high school students to consider STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines as a
course of study and career choice.
Currently, students in the United States perform below students
from other industrialized countries on international tests of
math and science. This presents serious challenges to future
economic growth and employment since jobs requiring STEM degrees
are projected to increase four times as fast as overall job growth.
Nucor recognizes the need for STEM curriculum and associated
skills in order to build the talent required to rebuild America’s
The competition invited middle and high school students ages
12 through 18 from Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Nebraska, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah to participate. Entrants
worked in teams of two to four to create a structure out of recycled
steel that could be used to support another object or objects
in the home, school or vehicle.
Eight semi-finalist teams were flown to Nucor’s headquarters
in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they presented their inventions
to Nucor executives in June. The winning team – Jared Knobbe
and Steven Fish from Imperial, Nebraska –received the $3,000
Nucor Future Engineers Champion Award. Their teacher, Kim Wilson
from Chase County School, was awarded $250.
Nucor worked with By Kids For Kids Co., a leader in youth innovation
programs, to develop educational in-school activities for science
teachers to inspire their students to learn about steel and its
importance in our lives. To learn more about the semi-finalist
teams, their inventions and the program, visit www.strengthofsteelchallenge.com.