Early College East students win national engineering competition

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:07 PM.

"Especially since we live so near the water here in Eastern North Carolina, and since most of the surface of the Earth is water and 90 percent of it isn’t explored, I thought it would be something that people could understand why we thought it would be the best idea," she said.

The team took the vehicle to Munday’s pool initially to test and then to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

And then came the competition, which ended with the announcement that they had won.

"It was definitely surreal," Mullikin said. "We were all like dazed with happiness."

Aaron Nasser did the buoyancy and balance calculations as part of the mechanical team.

"That moment is indescribable," he said of winning. "You’re so happy that you can’t explain it. That’s the best way to explain it. You can’t explain it."

Patrizia Mombille, who was on the electrical team and worked on programming and wiring, was unable to venture to the competition with the other six team members.

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