Wednesday, May 15, 2013

SWB Pipe Rally a Smooth Success

Sam Bush, Civil Engineering student and past president of Sooners Without Borders (SWB), had an idea.  Why not set up a series of hydraulic obstacles and get students to race water through it in the fastest, most efficient way possible? The idea germinated and took on a life of its own in the form of the first Sooner Without Borders (SWB) Pipe Rally on Friday, April 26. About 20 students and faculty took part in this inaugural event, under windy conditions (but this is Oklahoma, after all). 

Rachel Rogers and friends channeling water and learning that hydraulics can be fun.
The goal was to "race" the water through the same and get from the source to a needy village as efficiently as possible. Teams raced against each other to begin water through funnel, add pipe of different diameters as needed, and navigate through bends and pipe turns. 

SWB students navigate through bends and turns to get water to a "needy village".

Winners of the Pipe Rally are (left to right) Joseph Wagner, Braden McDorman, and Ben Johnson
Rachel Rogers, current president of SWB, said that the event "teaches about hydraulic priniciples, such as head and friction, but mostly we just wanted to get our (SWB) name out there".  Sooners Without Borders is a service organization on campus that has tackled problems in Guatemala and Bolivia, and is currently working on a small-scale tilapia production system for Haiti, as well as solar pump irrigation in El Salvador. Members have also worked in Uganda with Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe at Saint Monica's Tailoring School for orphaned girls. 

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