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Last weekend for the big solar competition

Forget sun, did you know it could snow some tonight?Sun set – “By the current standings, App State’s team is in 7th place overall. The team won third place in the Architecture contest, finishing behind the University of Maryland and the team from New Zealand. You can help them go home with the People’s Choice Award. Online voting for that award is open until 7pm Friday.” Engineering contest ended after this story was posted, so results this morning have App State 8th. Voting page is down right now, but last we heard App State was winning that.

VIDEO. Here’s the presentation of third place in architecture.


  1. ASUIceHockey

    September 30, 2011 at 5:58 am


  2. mikeyosef

    September 30, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Wow, this is pretty impressive achievement regardless of how the people's choice goes. I have placed my vote(s) there and encourage everyone else to do the same….APPsolutely great exposure for Appalachian State University!!!!

  3. neato

    September 30, 2011 at 7:01 am

    the really awesome thing is, we don't even have a architecture program. well, three years agos when i was there, there wasn't.

    Cool to see this on here, way to go Appfan

    Go Get'em App

  4. appdreamin

    September 30, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Status hasn't changed in those three years, neato. We also don't have an engineering program, unlike most (all?) of the competition. App is up against schools like Cal Tech, Purdue, NJ Institute of Technology, Tennessee, etc.–universities known for their programs in architecture, engineering, or both.

    As I recall, there are three remaining categories to be scored–appeal, communications, and energy. App lost points big-time on affordability. But so did Maryland, and they're leading the scoring.

  5. DRM

    September 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

    My son is one of the three faculty advisors to the Solar Homestead student team, and one of the two architectural advisors. I'm rather proud that his input and direction helped the ASU students place third in the architecture component of the competition, with a score of 94% (first place was 96%). The architecture score is the team's best showing among the contests that have been judged thus far, unless one counts the hot water category where eight entrants, including ASU, tied for first place at 87.5%.

    As noted above, the categories that haven't yet been scored are market appeal, communications, and energy balance. As Appfan mentions above, ASU is in eighth place overall pending judging of the final three contests. Ahead of them are schools like Maryland, Cal Tech, Ohio State and Purdue; App is ahead of schools like Tennessee, Florida, NJIT and several others.

  6. hapapp

    September 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    ASU is now 13th in the overall competition.

  7. DRM

    October 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Yeah, they finally finished 12th overall, I think, which is disappointing since they were in the fifth – seventh/eighth range for so long. They did get the popularity/loyalty vote, finishing first in people's choice. That's largely attributable to the dedication and support of App fans all over, which I'm sure all involved in the project greatly appreciate.

    Contrary to the comment about affordability above, what really killed the team was the engineering-related categories: engineering, energy balance, comfort zone, appliances. For example (the worst situation of all), they earned something like a 35% score on energy balance (each of the ten categories was worth 100 points). They did indeed rank fairly low (13th maybe?) on affordability, but they lost far fewer points to the leaders there than on the engineering-related categories. They had a relatively meaningless tie (with seven other teams) for first on hot water, a second on communications, a third on architecture and a tie for third on one other category. I think they were sixth on market appeal. On the other five categories, however, I believe their best finish was 13th. Most importantly, I guess, this almost certainly was a tremendous learning opportunity, primarily for the students but also for the faculty members involved.

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