Engineering Trivia Question: 1 Who invented the light bulb? View the answerHide answer Thomas Edison Question: 2 Which is the tallest building in the world as of 2020? View the answerHide answer The Burj Khalifa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) at 828 meters tall. Question: 3 True or false. Some planes can fly faster than the speed of sound? View the answerHide answer True Question: 4 True or false. Some planes can fly faster than the speed of light? View the answerHide answer False Question: 5 In what century was the first mechanical clock invented? View the answerHide answer The 14th century. The first mechanical clock was invented in the early 14th century in Europe? Question: 6 True or false. When cars were first invented they were fitted with a fake horse head to calm the nerves of the real horses. View the answerHide answer “The Horsey Horseless was an early automobile created by Uriah Smith, a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, in Battle Creek, Michigan. It contained a wooden horse head and neck attached to the front of the car, intended to make it resemble a horse and carriage so as not to frighten horses on the road.” Question: 7 The word “engineer” comes from the Latin word for what? View the answerHide answer Two ways to look at this: one word is ingeniare ("to create, generate, contrive, devise") and the other is ingenium ("cleverness"). Question: 8 Which one of these kitchen appliances was invented by accident? Fridge, Microwave, Toaster or Stove View the answerHide answer Microwave Question: 9 How much did the world's first computer weigh? View the answerHide answer 50,000kg. The ENIAC was invented by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly at the University of Pennsylvania and began construction in 1943 and was not completed until 1946. It occupied about 1,800 square feet and used about 18,000 vacuum tubes, weighing almost 50 tons. Question: 10 How many zeros are there in a ‘googol,’ the namesake of googler. View the answerHide answer One Hundred zeros (10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000). “Eventually, they changed the name to Google; the name of the search engine originated from a misspelling of the word "googol", the number 1 followed by 100 zeros, which was picked to signify that the search engine was intended to provide large quantities of information.” Question: 11 What was the average age of the MIssion Operators working at NASA during the moon landing? View the answerHide answer 28 Question: 12 Which was invented first, the telephone of the light bulb? View the answerHide answer The telephone. The telephone was invented in 1876, while the light bulb was invented in 1879 Question: 13 Which was invented first, the steam train of the bicycle? View the answerHide answer The steam train was invented in 1804, while the bicycle was invented in 1817 Question: 14 What was the first animal into space? View the answerHide answer A group of fruit flies. Though often forgotten, the first living things sent into space were fruit flies on the 20th of February 1947. The dog and the monkey came later! Question: 15 When were fireworks invented? View the answerHide answer 200BC Question: 16 When was paper invented? View the answerHide answer 100BC Question: 17 True or false, diamonds can only be found in nature. View the answerHide answer False, we can make diamonds in a lab. Question: 18 What year was the first satellite put into orbit? View the answerHide answer 1957 Question: 19 How long is the longest bridge? View the answerHide answer 114km long. The longest bridge is 114km long and is named the “Danyang-Kunshan Grand,” found in China. Question: 20 When was the first boat made? View the answerHide answer 8,000 years ago Question: 21 The land speed record is the highest speed achieved by a person using a vehicle on land. What is the record as of 2020? View the answerHide answer 1228 km/h. ThrustSSC, a twin turbofan jet-powered car, 1997. A Boeing 747 is only about 917 km/h. Also the first supersonic record as it broke the sound barrier (1234.8km/h). Question: 22 I’m sitting on 3000 explosions a minute. What am I doing? View the answerHide answer Riding a motorbike. In order to generate movement, the energy from lots of small explosions are harnessed by the engine. Question: 23 Blueprint photography was first invented by Sir John Herschel the polymath, because he... View the answerHide answer ...was too lazy to write out copies of his own notes. Question: 24 What was the first synthetic element created in a laboratory? View the answerHide answer Technetium Question: 25 LHC is the world’s largest machine. What does it stand for? View the answerHide answer Large Hadron Collider. the world's largest and highest-energy particle collider. It lies in a tunnel 27 km in circumference and as deep as 175 metres beneath the France–Switzerland border near Geneva. Question: 26 Who was the first person to journey into space? View the answerHide answer Yuri Gagarin Question: 27 True or false: It is possible to push a spacecraft forward by hitting it with photons (light particles). View the answerHide answer True It’s called solar sailing, and it was first successfully demonstrated in 2010 by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Their experimental spacecraft was called IKAROS (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of the Sun). Even though photons have no mass they can still transfer a tiny amount of momentum when they collide with something. Question: 28 The next Mars Rover, Perseverance, will use what as its source of electrical power? View the answerHide answer Nuclear power The "Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator" converts heat generated from the radioactive decay of plutonium into electricity. Previous Mars rovers have used solar panels but these are susceptible to dust storms that cover up the panels and block sunlight. Question: 29 Sonar is a technique used to detect objects underwater. What is it short for? View the answerHide answer Sound navigation ranging Love Science? Subscribe! Join our newsletter Receive more lesson plans and fun science ideas. PROGRAMS COURSES SHOP SCIENCE PARTIES Calendar of Events Lego Robotics, Sydney Olympic Park Jan 2024 Jan 24, 2024 9AM - 12PM Price: $50 Book Now! Creative Coding, Sydney Olympic Park Jan 2024 Jan 24, 2024 1PM - 4PM Price: $50 Book Now! Creative Coding, Sydney Olympic Park July 11 2023 Jul 11, 2023 9AM - 4PM Price: $100 Book Now! Fizzics Education STEAM Day: Robots vs Dinosaurs, Lalor, Apr 14 Apr 14, 2023 9AM - 12PM Price: $45 - $50 Book Now! 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