Richland, WA- Hanford engineers put high school students to the challenge today.
About 300 students in teams of four had to come up with a device that would launch a ping-pong ball.
CH2MHill Engineer Charlie Jronvall says the young engineers were given a bunch of everyday office supplies, and told they had one hour before the judging would get under way.
"All the materials are put into a packet. They don't see the instructions or have any idea what the competition is going to be about until they're given the envelope, and away they go."
The students were judged on their design, construction, and of course whether their invention worked.
Hanford engineers hold this competition every year, hoping to inspire students to explore careers in engineering and science.