Dam Model Competition

The Dam Model competition calls for university student groups, student branches of professional organizations, K-12 STEM or science classes, or other students interested in dam safety to construct a dam model (tabletop size) based on the criteria discussed below and come up with a plan on how to best use the model to educate the public on dam safety.  The Dam Model Competition is organized by the Committee on Education Outreach and funded by the Bruce Tschantz Memorial Fund. 

The application period for the 2022 Dam Model Competition is open from October 29 - December 15, 2021. The winning team will be announced in January 2022. Download the information sheet and application today!

Application Requirements - Apply Now!

  • Team Member Names and Affiliations
  • Team Leader and Co-Leader (if used)
  • Technical Advisor to Team (if used)
  • Sketch(es) of proposed dam model and description of major components
  • Proposed budget to build the dam (not to exceed $500)
  • Schedule for model development 
  • Plans for use of the model after it is built. Special consideration is given to unique uses (e.g., children’s museums, schools, etc.)

Selection Criteria

  • Completeness of application (based on requirements above)
  • Unique aspects of the proposed model (e.g., dambreak, hydropower, gated spillways, rainfall-runoff, etc.)
  • Technical merit
  • Budget and schedule
  • Plans for the model to promote dam safety in the community 

Winning Prize

Based on the selection criteria above, one team will be selected to receive the following:

  • Funding to build the model (up to $500)
  • $500 honorarium to team   
  • Invitation to present model at an upcoming ASDSO Conference
  • Complimentary full conference registration for up to 2 team members at an upcoming ASDSO Conference 
  • Travel and accommodations covered for up to 2 team members to an upcoming ASDSO Conference

Download the Dam Model Competition Information & Application today!

Past Winners Include: 

  • 2020 – Utah State University - Kyler Olsen, Braiden Amata, Jack Tousley, Kathryn Margetts, and Professor Brian Crookston, PhD., P.E.
  • 2021 – Franklin Regional Middle School - Grace Copeland, Ella Haritan, Jason Fleming, Vedanth Reddyvari, Zach Sudol, and Teacher Arthur J. Danny. 


If you have questions regarding the dam model competition please contact Ross Brown via email or by calling (859) 550-2788 x5.  

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