PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The force was strong for students at Engineering Week at Ingalls Shipbuilding.
"Every year we pick a theme, and this year it's Star Wars. The movie came out and it was famous, and the kids love it," said organizer, April Martin.
Students came from all over Jackson County to participate in the challenge; building the best Star Wars character out of canned goods and non-perishable items.
"What we have decided to do is for our project, we have taken the ultimate battle between Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kinobi and we've brought it to life," said Jeb Wells.
Event organizers say the event isn't just about the famous movie, but also laying down a foundation for the future.
"Basically, we're trying to also tell them how engineering is apart of their everyday life. We're trying to increase their critical thinking skills, their team building skills and just boost their confidence overall," said Martin.
Most attendees say they are eager to see what next year's competition will bring,