The Engineering Department, Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), held its 9th annual Macaroni Competition on October 26-27, 2017. The objective is to challenge student teams to design framed structures given limitations in time, size and type of materials (macaroni, glue, drinking straws, plastic bottles) and built to specifications. These models were rated according to efficiency in loading and best design. On the first day of the competition, eleven student teams built their models and on the following day the Macaroni Models were tested and the winning team was declared. The first place team comprised of Samuel Osegueda, Marlon Jones, Rachel Ramos, Jason Barrientos and Gerson Cerritos.
This year the top three teams will represent UB in Chetumal, Mexico at the “XIX Concurso De Diseño Y Construccion De Modelos Estructurales, VI Su Fase Internacional”. This will be hosted by the Instituto Tecnologico De Chetumal (ITCH) in Quintana Roo Mexico from 15th -17th November 2017. As the defending champions of the 2016 competition in Chetumal, the event at the Engineering Department gives our students an opportunity to be better prepared. Additional information on the department’s victory in Chetumal can be viewed at the following internet sites.
The Engineering Department takes this opportunity to thank the University of Belize, the Office of the President, Director of Student Affairs, Dean, Faculty of Science & Technology, the Belize City Student Government, Engineering Department Competition Coordinator Mr. Lloyd Carrillo, faculty, staff and students of the Engineering Department, Atlantic Bank limited and Maria Chang & Sons Limited for lending support to this initiative.