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  • Photos by Anya Tikka The winning Middle School Team Wallenpaupack Area MS outside after their win.




  • Air conditioners built by the high school teams using natural, safe materials.




  • Students crowd around when organizer Jolie DeFreis weighs the ice cube after it's been stored in the cooler.




  • Tables were set up in the gym for the 14 high and middle school teams that competed for the trophies.



It was all systems go at the Delaware Valley High School gym when the participants of the first ever Warrior Engineering Contest brainstormed, designed, built and were evaluated in an all day contest culminating in project presentations given by each team.

List of participants

High School:
Abington Heights High School (two teams)
Delaware Valley High School (two teams)
Honesdale High School
Scranton High School
Wallenpaupack Area High School (two teams)
Wyoming Valley West High School (two teams)
Middle School:
Delaware Valley Middle School
Dingman Delaware Middle School (two teams)
Wallenpaupack Area Middle School

The contest was sponsored by Air Soil Water, a new environmental organization based in Milford that was founded to promote sustainability. One of the organizers, Air Soil Water’s Executive Director Jolie De Freis, explained they are planning to have the contest every year.

Teams from as far as Scranton and Honesdale participated in the contest.

Ten teams from seven high schools and four teams from three middle schools with five students took part, De Freis explained. Air Soil Water supplied the materials.

“The students only found out what they were doing the morning of the competition,” De Freis continued.

Middle school students were told to build a cooler, and to insulate an ice cube in the allotted time using eco-friendly materials.

“This uses heat conservation, thermodynamics, it’s engineering,” De Freis expanded.

The high school project was to build an air conditioner.

Each project had four stages: design, build, test, and present.

Three judges who were not from the school evaluated each team using both quantitative and qualitative measurements. The quantitative was weighing the ice cube for the cooler, and the drop in temperature for the air conditioner — 50 percent of the final. Qualitative measurements included teamwork, creativity, and, presentation.

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