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Georgia Model Water Tower Competition 2022

May 16, 2022

2021-2022 - Cobb-Marietta Model Water Tower Competition

The Model Water Tower Competition (MWTC) is a fun, science-oriented contest aimed at introducing middle school students to the water and engineering professions. The competition challenges students to design and build a water tower with specific size, height, and functional requirements. This year’s competition featured the top 4-5 water towers from three schools: Cooper Middle School, Dodgen Middle School, & Cornerstone Preparatory Academy.

The water towers were judged based on three categories: hydraulic efficiency, structural efficiency, and design ingenuity. The students themselves were also judged in a 4th category: Interview and Presentation. For this category, the students presented their tower to a panel of three professionals within the water industry. This year’s judges included: Cole Blackwell (General Manager of the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority); Richard Wittman (Project Engineer for Cobb County Water System); and Kim Holland (Director of Water & Wastewater at Marietta Water & Power). During the interview students had to demonstrate their knowledge of water towers, water infrastructure, and the importance of water to society more broadly.

  • 1st place winner:  Cumulus the Cloud (Cooper Middle School)
  • 2nd place winner:  Gas Station of Water (Cornerstone Prep)
  • 3rd place winner:  Radioactive (Cooper Middle School)
  • 4th place winner:  The Bumble Bees (Dodgen Middle School)
  • Superlative winner for Outstanding Presentation/Judges’ Choice:  José Bianchi of Cornerstone Prep
  • Superlative winner for Structural Excellence:  Esoo Kim, Shivam Gilhotra, and Marcos Osorio-Cordero of Dodgen Middle School.
  • Superlative winner for Outstanding Achievement in Artistic Design:  Benjamin Thalman, Hyunsu Park, and Antonio Sanchez of Cooper Middle School.
  • Superlative winner for outstanding achievement in Engineering Design:  Nathan Lawson, Jacob Heins, and Graham Shirley of Dodgen Middle School.

Click here to view our photo gallery on Flickr for this competition!