Engineering Day « UK AIChE


Volcano Competition

Your mission is to design a volcano such that the lava will flow the closest to 18 inches from the outer edge of the volcano base. This can be accomplished by varying the volcano height, mountain slope, and the size and shape of the volcano shaft. No other materials may be used to channel the flow of the lava. Volcanoes must be built in teams of two or three individuals of any age. It is important for you to learn how to work with your peers because many projects in college and industry are group efforts. The volcanic eruption should be simulated using no more than one (1) cup of vinegar, one (1) tablespoon of baking soda, and any amount of corn starch. Pre-measured allotments will be provided for you at the competition, so do not bring your own lava materials. The volcano must be constructed at home using mostly recyclable materials (suggested construction materials: Baking Soda, Vinegar, measuring cups, disposable cups, measuring tape, towels, mutil-surface cleaner).