Walk on Water Competition Hosted by the School of Engineering

Walk on Water Competition Hosted by the School of Engineering

The annual School of Engineering (SOE) Walk on Water competition took place at the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex (RecPlex) pool this past November.

During the competition, teams of first-year students put their “Fundamentals of Engineering” course skills to the test in a projectbased design challenge in which they had to construct and race a device designed to “walk on water,” or rather, propel them efficiently across the RecPlex pool.

Walk on Water has become a popular School of Engineering event because it takes the students “beyond their textbooks” and forces them to work in a team setting where they must put their knowledge and engineering skills to the test. Grades are affected if the students do not make it across the pool, which makes this event extremely high stakes and adds suspense for both students and spectators.

Following the competition, the student teams presented their design processes and were graded on design goals, creativity, performance, and problem-solving approaches, among other factors.