Two Durham Tech teams take first in engineering competition

Team Wingeers (l to r): Xiaogian (Jessica) He, Julian Clark, Connor Williams, Adel Fahmy (instructor), Ngoy Kavul, Gloria Murekatete

Two Durham Technical Community College teams took first place in the Rube Goldberg Engineering Competition on April 21 hosted by Wake Technical Community College, the team’s best finish ever at the competition. Approximately 400 students attended the event, which consisted of 78 teams from Wake Tech and 12 teams from Durham Tech.

Similar to the popular game ‘Mouse Trap,’ a Rube Goldberg machine is a complex contraption in which a series of devices perform simple tasks linked together to produce a domino effect.

There was a three-way tie for first, between two Durham Tech teams (Team Wingeers and Team Stranger Things) and one Wake Tech team. Both Durham Tech teams came out on top and each team was awarded a $300 check.

Adjunct instructor, Adel Fahmy, helped the students prepare for the project and served as their faculty sponsor on competition day. Durham Tech students have participated in this event every semester since 2013.

Team Wingeers: Xiaogian (Jessica) He, Julian Clark, Connor Williams, Ngoy Kavul, and Gloria Murekatete.

Team Stranger Things: Nicholas Strobin, Abdul-Rahman Oki, Wyatt Tormey, and Raiana Zaman.

Team Stranger Things (l to r): Nicholas Strobin, Abdul-Rahman Oki, Wyatt Tormey, Raiana Zaman

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