McDONOUGH – Students from Locust Grove and Austin Road Middle Schools will be taking part in a water tower contest next Friday.
The contest will be held at the Henry County Water Authority’s Tussahaw Water Treatment Plant, located at 199 Preservation Drive in Jackson. Judging begins around 10 a.m.
Middle school students will design and build water towers with specific size and height requirements, while learning more about the value of water and the water industry.
This year’s gathering of students is one of nine regional events held in conjunction with the statewide Georgia Model Water Tower Competition.
The other eight events being held this fall and winter include competitions in Clayton County, Fulton County, Cobb County and Marietta, Griffin and Spalding County, Fayette County, Cherokee County, and the cities of Carrollton and Augusta.
The student model water towers are judged based on three criteria – structural efficiency, hydraulic efficiency and design ingenuity.
In addition, participating students will complete interviews with a panel of industry professionals to answer questions about their science project.
The model water towers may be designed and constructed from any materials, but students will be rewarded for using creative designs and recycled materials, such as everyday household items.
The objective of the Georgia Model Water Tower Competition is to make participants more aware of the importance of reliable drinking water while introducing them to career opportunities in the water profession. Students in the competition are required to develop an idea into a functioning water tower just like what water professionals do in the area.
The competition also engages students in hands-on learning of STEM curricula – science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which are emphasized by Georgia educators and school administrators.