AEM announces 2011 Construction Challenge teen competition winners

May 2011, Vol. 66 No. 5

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces that a team of students from Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Clayton, OH, has won the 2011 AEM Construction Challenge presented by Volvo Construction Equipment.

The team competed against 23 other teams from around the United States and Canada for the title. The competition took place March 22-24 in Las Vegas during the CONEXPO-CON/AGG trade show.

The 2011 Construction Challenge consisted of two parts: the H2Oh Yeah! Challenge and the Road Rumble Challenge sponsored by Ditch Witch (The Charles Machine Works).

The Road Rumble Challenge required each team to build a device that delivered construction materials from one location to another over rough terrain on a custom-designed course. The H2Oh Yeah! Challenge required students to answer questions in a game show format and then participate in a mini-challenge that involved solving real-world water infrastructure problems.

The challenges allowed students to showcase their creative problem-solving skills, knowledge of mathematics and engineering and ability to work together as a team. In addition, students were exposed to leaders in the construction industry and learned about the variety of construction careers available. The winning team received scholarships and a variety of prizes. For a complete list of winners, go to www.aem.org