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MHS Science Club takes third at contest

The Mandan High School Science Club (l-r) Zach Krush, Chad Zachmeier, Jacob Walby, McKenzie Martin and Alex Spilman, who placed third in the Gateway to Science Widget Contest. Submitted photos

The Mandan High School Science Club (l-r) Zach Krush, Chad Zachmeier, Jacob Walby, McKenzie Martin and Alex Spilman, who placed third in the Gateway to Science Widget Contest. Submitted photos

 

The Mandan High Science Club took third place in the Gateway to Science Widget Contest, which was held at the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy in Bismarck on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

The team placed third for their invention of a widget. A widget, MHS Science Club Advisor and biology and ecology instructor Julie Fleck explains, is a machine that combines science, engineering and creativity with hints of absurdity and silliness. The widget performs a specific function in as many convoluted steps as possible without human intervention, except to activate it.

This year the objective of the competition was to design a widget that would remove a tissue completely from its box. The tissue must start with the half-fold mark in the box. No modifications to the box and no reinforcing of the tissue with other materials were allowed.

The MHS Science Club includes members Zach Krush, McKenzie Martin, Alex Spilman, Jacob Walby and Chad Zachmeier.

The event was held in celebration of National Engineers Week, which takes place Feb. 17 to 23. It featured area high school students competing to see who had the most steps involved in creating a machine that removes a tissue from its box.

The MHS Science Club's widget invention.

The MHS Science Club’s widget invention.