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QC Tech Challenge

Quad City (QC) Tech Challenge

The QCESC, in conjunction with the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley High Schools, sponsors an annual series of three competitive events (Bridge Building, Trebuchet Egg Throw, and Cardboard Boat Race) open to high school teams from Iowa and Illinois. The goal of the events is to provide a competitive, fun team environment to support and encourage students in the real-world, hands-on application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  This includes skills such as problem solving, team-building, and presentation skills. 
 

In 2016 year, there were a record 14 high schools and 278 students that participated in the QC Tech Challenge events.   Link to complete results from 2016.

2016 Events:
 

Date/Time

Description

Location
January 29-30, 2016

 

QCESC – 9th Annual Bridge Building Contest.  Contest was open to teams of any age with four people maximum.  No pre-work required with all materials provided. 

Link to 2016 Results
 

Putnam Museum
1717 West 12th Street
Davenport, Iowa
April 22, 2016

 

QCESC7th Annual Trebuchet Egg Throw Competition – Open to high school teams from Iowa and Illinois.

Link to 2016 results
Bettendorf High School
Football Practice Field
3333 18th Street
Bettendorf, Iowa
May 13, 2016
 
QCESC – 7th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Competition – Open to high school teams from Iowa and Illinois. Link to 2016 results Middle Park Lagoon
Parkway Drive
Bettendorf, Iowa

 
 
 
Prizes are awarded as follows:
  • Top 3 teams in each of the three events based on their scores including:
    • One picture trophy per team
    • One Medal for each team member
       
  • Longest Egg Throw for Trebuchet Team
    • One picture trophy per team
       
  • Team with Most Innovative Design For each of the three event as judged by QCESC
    • One trophy per team
       
  • Individual with the top overall score for QC Tech Challenge (total score for 3 events combined):
    • $1,000 Scholarship to Iowa State University Engineering College
     
  • Traveling Award/Trophy for Top School for QC Tech Challenge (total score for 3 events combined)
    •     Schools Name Engraved on Award
Note:  Teams are not required to enter all 3 events and are not required to have the same team members or team size for each event.
All teams are required to pre-register for each event and provide a signed consent form.

Please note that the bridge building event is open to all ages and not limited to only high school teams.  The other two events are only open to high school teams.

 
QC Tech Challenge Scoring:
 
Individual Scoring:
1st place = 20 points 4th place = 10 points 7th place = 7 points
2nd place = 16 points 5th place = 9 points 8th place = 6 points
3rd place = 12 points 6th place = 8 points All other places = 3 points
 
Each individual on the team will receive the points shown above for each event they participate in.  The tie breaker to determine the single, overall first place individual will be:
  • 1st Criteria – Grade (Senior/12th Grade highest, then Junior/11th grade, etc)
  • 2nd Criteria – Individual points from previous year’s QC Tech Challenge
  • 3rd Criteria – Plans to attend and has been accepted into one of the colleges supporting a scholarship
 
Team Scoring:
Traveling Trophy for the top school will be determined by adding the scores for the top two scores from the school from the three events.
 
 
Previous QC Tech Challenge Overall (3 events combined) Award Recipients:
 
 

Individual Award

 
Year Place Name – High School Points

Place

High School

Points

2016 1st
2nd
2nd
2nd
3rd
Evan Nietzel – Bettendof
Jackson Callahan – Bettendorf
Anthony Pozzi – Bettendorf
Cole Grothusen – Bettendorf
Michael Brees – Pleasant Valley
50
42
42
42
37
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
4th
Bettendorf High School
Pleasant Valley High School
Davenport West
Durant
Moline
98
55
19
18
18
2015 1st
2nd
3rd
3rd
Caleb Good – Pleasant Valley
Blake Crowell – Pleasant Valley
Amine Hochine – Pleasant Valley
Matt Wolfe – Bettendorf
39
36
33
33
1st
2nd
3rd
3rd
3rd
Pleasant Valley
Bettendorf
Alleman
Durant
Rivermont Collegiate           
87
67
18
18
18
2014 1st
2nd
3rd
Mark Wells – Bettendorf
Chuck Klutho – Bettendorf
Andrea Aller – Pleasant Valley
44
34
31
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
4th
 
Pleasant Valley
Bettendorf High School
Durant High School                      
Ellicott Home School
Geneceo 
77
76
31
19
19
2013 1st
2nd
3rd
Chandler Price (tie breaker)
Logan Burlingame – Geneseo
Sam Ellicott 
60
60
60
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Bettendorf
Ellicott School/Geneseo/QC Christian 
Pleasant Valley High School
Moline High School                           
Durant High School                           
71
60
50
31
23
2012
 
1st
1st
1st
2nd
3rd
Logan Burlingame – Geneseo
Andrew Ellicott – Ellicott Home School
Sam Ellicott – Ellicott Home School                 
Kevin Farrell – Pleasant Valley
Justin Quesnell – Bettendorf
36
36
36
25
24
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Pleasant Valley 
Bettendorf
Moline
Geneseo/Ellicott Home School   
Davenport North
 
82
57
42
36
21
2011 1st
2nd
2nd
3rd
Joe McElhiney – Pleasant Valley  
Bradyen Weinschenk – Pleasant Valley
Levi Moser – Pleasant Valley
Ben Roys – Pleasant Valley
Logan Burlingame – QC Christian  
36
28
28
26
26
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Pleasant Valley High School 
Bettendorf 
Moline 
Davenport West 
Davenport North 
82
59
31
26
22
2010

1st
2nd
3rd
3rd

Matt Moore – Bettendorf High School
Brian Khoury – Bettendorf
David Tank – Bettendorf
Derick Moose – Pleasant Valley High School
32
29
26
26
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
 
Bettendorf High School 
Pleasant Valley 
Davenport West 
United Township
90
76
29
12

 

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