The Citadel's DiscoverE Week begins FEBRUARY 13, 2016 

Welcome to The Citadel's  DiscoverE Week Competition site! 

Each year The Citadel joins the nation in celebrating National Engineers Week (also referred to as DiscoverE Week).

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, National Engineers Week was created to increase public awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession. George Washington, the nation's first president, has been described as America's first engineer and land surveyor himself, and was instrumental in establishing an initiative that led to the founding of West Point. 

The Citadel has a rich engineering heritage dating back to 1842, making it the fifth oldest engineering school in the United States. Each year during Engineers Week, The Citadel hosts a number of exciting design competitions for teams of Lowcountry elementary, middle and high school students. We invite you to click on the tabs above or icons below to learn more about the Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition, the Robotics Competition and the Bridge Competition hosted by The School of Engineering and the STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel.

This year's DiscoverE Week Competitions will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 on the Summerall Parade Field and Mark Clark Hall at The Citadel.

The STEM Center in partnership with Google invites teams of elementary, middle, high school and college students as well as teams from industry, military and community groups to enter a competition to design and build a trebuchet that will be put to the test when teams storm The Citadel and compete for accuracy, distance, spirit and design awards.

Robotics Competitions

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The Citadel invites teams of middle and high school students to enter one of its robotics competitions. 

There are two competitions this year. 

1. Lego Golf Competition. In this competition, students pit their robots head to head in a fast-paced and exciting competition to sink as many of their “golfballs” as they can while preventing their opponent from sinking theirs. 

2. The Mystery Competition, new this year!  Entrants to this competition will bring a basic robot chassis and sensors to the competition.  The morning of the competition, the challenge will be unveiled and the teams will have two hours to design, program and test a robot to complete the task.  For both competitions, any Lego Mindstorms kits (RCX, NXT or EV3) may be used.


The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at The Citadel invites teams of middle and high school students to enter the craft stick bridge competition. Teams will utilize only  wooden craft sticks and carpenters wood glue in the construction of their bridge and will compete for best original, architectural and structural design as well as most constructible and best craftsmanship awards.

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