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FunFest Inspires Students in Engineering, Technology, and Business

Bottle rockets blasting into the sky, eggs dropping from a fire truck bucket lift, tropical music wafting from a shaved ice truck, and model car races were just a few of the competitive events taking place at Sandhills Community College during FunFest XXVII.

Held on Friday, April 26, FunFest saw 650 middle and high school students, instructors, volunteers, staff, and judges throughout campus in classrooms, auditoriums, dining halls, and outdoors.

2019 was the twenty-seventh year the event was held. A collaborative effort by Sandhills Community College and Moore County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE), FunFest provides competitive engineering, technology, and business and marketing events for area middle and high school students.

Middle school teams competed against each other in Balsa Wood Bridges, Toothpick Bridges, Balsa Wood Towers, The Alex Cameron Metric 500 Fastest and Coolest Car, Mousetrap Cars, Egg Drops, Bottle Rockets, Rubber Band Airplanes, Digital Multimedia Logo Design, Digital Media Commercials, HTML/CSS and The Idea Challenge.

In addition to all but the Toothpick Bridge and HTML/CSS challenges, high school students also competed in a Digital Media Video Challenge and a Horticulture and Landscape Challenge.

The College offered a FunFair in the gymnasium with SCC departments and programs informing students of opportunities available at Sandhills.

After lunch, the students gathered for an awards ceremony in the gym. NC State Senator Tom McInnis was on hand to greet the students and encourage their interests in engineering, technology, and business. First, second and third place winners were announced in each competition.

West Pine Middle School won the trophy for the Middle School Grand Champion and Union Pines High School was the High School Grand Champion.

Sponsors contributing to FunFest were The Sandhills Community College Foundation, Par 5 Development Group LLC, MCBHA Scholarship Fund, On Course Enterprise LLC, Cascade, Pinetree Animal Hospital, NC One, Town of Robbins, and Sandhills Building Systems.

FunFest XXVIII will be on April 17 in 2020.

STEAM Max Summer Camps

Designed for children ages 8-14, STEAM Max Camps will include science, technology, engineering, art and math. This day camp will run from 8 am until 3 pm and will provide hands-on learning opportunities and engaging activities. Camp I will be held July 15-18 and camp II will run July 22-25.

In age-appropriate groups, 8-11-year old and ages 12-14, campers will rotate through five sessions each day. They will spend time creating 3D video games and 3D spaces and will explore using Virtual and Augmented Reality. Part of each day will be spent uncovering mathematical concepts in visual arts and learning deliciously creative culinary tricks. The engineering design room will increase problem-solving skills  by giving them the opportunity to tackle real-world challenges.

The cost of STEAM Max Camp is $265 and includes a lunch and snacks each day. Participants also receive a T-shirt. Call 910-695-3980 to register.

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