Gingerbread house competition is a recipe for fun with a dash of math

People think of fun and tradition as key ingredients in making a gingerbread house and a new event in Tulsa challenges you to mix in engineering and math, as well, to build your creation.  This is not an ordinary gingerbread house competition because the rules require that the exhibit be a scale-model of an architecturally significant or famous home/building.  So, the White House, the Empire State Building, the BOK Center or a model of a Tudor-style home would all be great ideas for the project.  The competition is open to the public.

“The gingerbread house exhibit should look like an architectural model of a home but done in the gingerbread style,” said Xan Black with Tulsa Alliance for Engineering, a sponsor for the competition.  TCC is a partner in the Tulsa Alliance for Engineering which is a collaboration designed to encourage more students to pursue careers in engineering and fill an identified demand for engineers in Tulsa’s workforce.  TCC and the Tulsa Alliance for Engineering works to support and initiate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities in K-12 and find scholarships and internships for college engineering students.

In the gingerbread competition, one entry is allowed per person, group or class with the exhibits judged in the following divisions:  elementary school, middle school, high school, college, adult amateur and adult professional.

“Proportions are important when building the scale-model gingerbread building and that is where the engineering and math portion come into play,” said Black.  “We want to inspire the next generation of engineers and architects with something fun.  You might have heard of ‘STEM’—but there is a movement to make it ‘STEAM’ where the ‘A’ stands for Art.  This gingerbread building contest incorporates art with engineering and math because architecture is the marriage between art and engineering.”

The scale-models will be turned in at the WaterWorks Art Center, 1710 Charles Page Blvd., on Monday, Nov. 26 through Thursday, Nov. 29.  Ryan Woollard with The McIntosh Group, Scott Pohlenz of Pohlenz Cucine Moderne and Neil Erickson, Architect at SGA Design Group will judge the competition and award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.  The winners will be announced at a reception on Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at WaterWorks Art Center.

The gingerbread creations will be on display from Friday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 12 at WaterWorks Art Center.

For information and entry form please email Xan Black with Tulsa Alliance for Engineering at