Posted: Friday, May 5, 2017

L to R: Kier Dorchen, Trent Gould, and Loren Long.Students at Sevier Middle School are the proud winners of the 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge Greenville drawing.  They were among 3,000 students from 11 countries who participated in the Challenge.

Working with limited materials and their imaginations, sixth graders Loren Long, Kier Dorchen, and Trent Gould used the engineering design process to build an efficient irrigation design using only cups, tin foil, tap, and craft sticks.  The team won a $1,000 grant from Fluor for Sevier Middle School.

Sevier Middle School won a $1,000 check from Fluor as winners of the Fluor Engineering Design Challenge.“The goal of the project was to develop students’ abilities to try something new and to work together to create a successful project,” said Principal Karen Kapp. “One of the nice things about the Challenge is that we had some visiting engineers who worked alongside our students to help them through the process.”

The Fluor Engineering Challenge was created to help educators meet the latest standards for science and engineering literacy.  This year’s Fluor Engineering Challenge was originally developed by engineers from Fluor’s Manila office in the Philippines as part of the global company’s annual employee competition held in celebration of Engineers Week.  With the help of an expert team of scientists and educators from Science Buddies, this employee competition was adapted to provide students the opportunity to experience how real-life engineers design solutions, and to show students first-hand how fun engineering can be.  

 “The annual Fluor Engineering Challenge, designed by and for employees, has been an important part of Fluor’s 50-year tradition of celebrating Engineers Week,” said Mark Landry, senior vice president and Chief Human Resources officer for Fluor Corporation.  “Thanks to our innovative partnership with Science Buddies, we’re pleased to be able to share this fun and engaging resource with students across the globe to provide a glimpse into this rewarding and thought-provoking profession.”

To learn more about this year’s Fluor Engineering Challenge and see winning scores from all of this year’s participants, visit

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