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Carnegie Science Center holds Chain Reaction Contraption Contest

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First Prize goes to Hempfield Area Senior High

Thirty-five High Schools competed this year in the annual Chain Reaction Contraption Contest at Carnegie Science Center on Friday, December 13, 2013. This year it was Hempfield Area Senior High School that took the top prize with what it termed “Rube’s Arcade”.

Chain Reaction Contraction Contest is an annual event sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC that challenges local students to create a simple everyday task using 20 steps or more. The challenge for this year was to “Communicate a Message”. The machines designed and built by the students are judged on how well they function, the complexity of operation and the creativity used in completing the task. North Allegheny Intermediate High School came in second, and Greater Latrobe Senior High School claimed third place.

Special awards were also presented to the following schools:

• Best Use of Gravity, presented by Kennywood Amusement Park: Greater Latrobe High School

• Rookie of the Year, presented by Carnegie Science Center: Central Catholic High School *This school will receive a field trip
for up to 25 students to attend National Engineers Week at the Science Center on Feb. 22.

• Longest Successful Executed Contraption, presented by Carnegie Science Center: Baldwin High School *This school will receive a field trip
for up to 25 students to attend the Science Center on or before April 30.

• Best Presentation, presented by Robotics Institute School of Computer Science --Carnegie Mellon University: North Allegheny Intermediate High School

• Most Mechanical,presented by Carpenter Powder Products, Inc.: Seneca Valley Senior High School

• Best Transportation System, presented by Bombardier Transportation: Hempfield Area High School

• Most Green, presented by Alcosan: Mars Area High School

• What Will You Create?,presented by Davison: Greater Latrobe Senior High School

• Most Efficient Reset, presented by Bayer HealthCare: Mars Area High School

• Best Execution of Theme, presented by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC: Hempfield Area Senior High School

Chain Reaction Contraption Contest, a program of the Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development, is part of the Science Center’s celebration of National Engineers Week.

The contest is sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and presented in cooperation with the Carnegie Science Center and the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Chain Reaction Contraption Contest, visit Visit
to learn more about Chevron STEM Center programming.

About Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes and off-site education programs.

About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities and special events.



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