PSU Great Gorilla Games

By Kate Inman

Published 04/04 2014 06:31PM

Updated 04/04 2014 08:01PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- One of the largest technology-related competitions comes to Southeast Kansas. The inaugural Great Gorilla Games was on the Pittsburg State University campus today. The games feature a variety of science technology engineering math or stem-based challenges and competitions. 

Challenges range from building rubber-band powered dragsters and airplanes to designing and building an autonomous robot. Around 450 students competed from 19 high schools. One technology and engineering education professor says this event shares the same lessons students learn in school.

"This is basically designed around the concept that we have to teach in schools and in our technology and engineering programs. So a lot of the projects and activities they do as a part of the curriculum, this gives them a venue to come and compete with other schools," said Mike Neden, PSU Professor. 

Students won medals in several of the competitions. Organizers say they plan on making it bigger and better next year.

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