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Georgia's Model Water Tower Competition
Model Water Tower Competition Mission Statement:
“From today’s youth come tomorrow’s leaders
The Model Water Tower Competition is designed to provide information to youth about water resource engineering, infrastructure, water treatment and water conservation in hopes that some will become future water professionals. The contest is for middle schools, and it allows students to learn about the water profession through a fun-filled, hands-on science project. Each student or team of students (up to 4 per team) constructs a functioning model water tower.
The students learn that a water tower has three main components: an elevated tank, a riser pipe, and a structure to elevate the tank. In addition, students experience what it is like to be an Engineer for a day by solving issues with their towers and trying to come up with the best design based on provided, limited specifications. The towers are tested to make sure they meet the specifications for both materials and dimensions.
Towers are judged based on three criteria: structural efficiency, hydraulic efficiency, and design ingenuity/interview presentation.
Student MWTC Registration
If your school System is holding a Model Water Tower Competition, select the system name below to sign up! You can either register as an individual or as a team. Teams can have 2-4 Members.
Fayette County School System - Friday, October 21, 2016
Carrollton School System - Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Griffin-Spalding County School System - Thursday, October 27, 2016
Henry County School System - Friday, October 28, 2016
Cobb-Marietta School Systems - Friday, October 28, 2016
Fulton County School System - Thursday, December 15, 2016
Tips for Your Model Water Tower
1. TEST YOUR TOWER!
The major objective of this project/competition is to build a functioning model water tower. Test your tower for leaks by filling the tank with water and letting it drain out.
2. Your connector (provided by your Teacher) must be external to your tower.
3. You must have a vent on your tower.
Towers will be tested (with water pumped into them and then draining out) with the lid on. You must have a vent on your tower, and you need to make sure it is located in a place to still allow your tank to hold a minimum of 1 gallon of water.
4. Carefully read your Student Information Packet!
There are several standards for how tall your tower can be, how that height is measured, how much water is should hold, the size of the tower's base, etc. Penalties are assigned for not maintaining these standards.