Springfield, IL Office

Rube Goldberg Competition

Rube Goldberg competition for Fifth Graders | Engineers in the Classroom

Held at Lincoln Land Community College last Saturday the competition had multiple machines designed and built by 5th Graders from the area.  Chris Groth and other CMT staff members volunteered for CMT by coaching a team from Dubois Elementary.   This year, 12 teams are participated from Dubois Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Graham Elementary, Our Savior Lutheran, Owen Marsh Elementary, Rochester Intermediate, Springfield Christian and Trinity Lutheran-Springfield.  This year’s competition involved building a Rube Goldberg that had to have one object orbit another object at least three times.


The annual Capital Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition was held on Saturday, February 10th at Lincoln Land Community College. The MathCounts competition encourages local middle school students to challenge themselves in mathematics.

CMT’s Matt Overbey (this year’s chairperson of the competition) and Derek Cochran volunteered at the event.

Pictured from left to right: Jared Thoele, Steven Edwards, Lisa Ulrich, Matt Overbey and Derek Cochran

Bridge Breaking Contest

The Bridge Breaking Contest was Friday at White Oaks Mall and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the competition. The Bridge Breaking Contest is an opportunity for local high school students to showcase their bridge engineering skills. Bridges are created from members that are cut from manila file folders and are required to meet specific dimensional parameters. Each student’s bridge is issued points based off their constructability (i.e., proper glue joints, neatness, innovation, originality). The bridges are then loaded using a platform that fits within the bridge. An empty bucket hangs from the platform and is loaded with sand until the bridge fails. The amount of sand that the bridge was able to hold is converted to points for the overall scoring. Cash awards are presented for the following: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for highest points scored, best-constructed bridge, and most-innovative bridge. CMT’s own Derek Cochran was the chairperson of this year’s event.

Aurora, IL Office

ISPE Engineering Panel

CMT’s Kris Salvatera volunteering on an Illinois Section American Society of Civil Engineers (IL-ASCE) Panel Forum during national Engineer’s Week. The Forum was designed to learn about IL-ASCE section institutes, IL-ASCE scholarships and career experiences from different civil engineers. Other engineers on the Panel include Konstantin Balakirev, Rachael Berthiaume and Brian Castro.

St. Louis, MO Office

Activities at The Engineering Center

CMT was proud to be a Bronze Sponsor for Engineers Week at The Engineering Center in St. Louis. The Career Fair was the  kickoff to a week of engineering-related events at The Engineering Center. CMT had an exhibit at the Career Fair and CMT’s Vicki Ursin and Kevin Fuller loved talking to interested students.

Staff of CMT’s St. Louis, MO office attended a luncheon for National Engineer’s Week.  The luncheon was held February 20th.

Peoria, IL Office

Engineering Day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum

Future engineers, scientists, and kids of all ages attended Engineering Day 2018 at Peoria, IL Peoria Riverfront Museum. It was a day of free, exciting and engaging engineering activities for students and the public alike.

CMT’s Emily Munday volunteered for the Society of Women Engineers – SWE (Central Illinois Section) helping children make paper cup parachutes, motor-driven artwork, market artbots, K’NEX structures and they learned about hot and cold by using a thermal camera. The programmable robots were also a big hit and children were excited to take home the parachutes they made and a 3D printed catapult.

Indianapolis, IN Office

Engineers in Indiana Classrooms

ACEC Indiana designed a program to get engineers in classrooms during National Engineer’s Week. The following were CMT’s volunteers for this program.

  • Melanie Reddick provided a presentation at Sand Creek Intermediate School in Fishers, IN
  • Adam Burns will provide a presentation at Christ the King Elementary with Chris Martin of INDOT
  • Kenny Franklin provided a presentation to 7th Graders at Lebanon, IN Middle School
  • Nikhil Manojkumar provided a presentation to 5th Graders at Rosa Parks Elementary in Perry Township, IN

Columbus, OH Office

ASCE Luncheon Sponsor

CMT was a Silver Sponsor of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Central Ohio’s Engineer’s Week Luncheon at Bridgewater Conference Center. The sponsorship helped to cover the cost of the luncheon which enabled select students interested in engineering to attend the event at no charge.  A number of employees from Ohio attended.