UC Irvine to Celebrate National Engineers Week

Weeklong activities begin Feb. 17, 2009 with Dean’s Pancake Breakfast
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine invites students, faculty, alumni and members of the community to attend the campus’ 36th celebration of National Engineers Week, or E-Week, Feb. 17-21, 2009. Established in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, E-Week is an annual event aimed at increasing public awareness and appreciation for the engineering profession.
The weeklong event, which kicks off with the Dean’s Pancake Breakfast on Feb. 17 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., provides an avenue for students to demonstrate inventiveness and imagination through a variety of events. Highlighting the festivities is a series of 14 competitions allowing students to demonstrate innovation and creativity. Examples of contests include:
  • Catapult Competition: (Feb. 17, 11 a.m., location: Engineering Gateway Plaza) designers must create a device to toss, propel, kick or fling a beanbag as far as possible.
  • Anatomy Airigami Competition (Feb. 17, noon, location: Engineering Gateway Plaza) student teams will have one-hour to construct a “human” body, complete with movable limbs, or a cross section of a eukaryotic cell containing major organelles, using balloons of various shapes, sizes and colors.   
  • Paper Roller Coaster Competition: (Feb. 17, 1 p.m., location: Engineering Gateway Plaza) participants are challenged to build a free standing roller coaster for a marble, using tag board chutes.  Points awarded for a variety of loops and turns.
  • Paper Airplane Competition: (Feb. 17, 2 p.m., location: Engineering Gateway Plaza) students design and build a paper airplane that will travel the farthest possible distance.
  • RC Car Battle: (Feb. 19, 11 a.m., location: Engineering Gateway Plaza) each driver is given a radio-control car that they must properly prepare for a head-to-head match with another driver.
  • Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition: (Feb. 19, noon, location: Engineering Gateway Plaza) student engineers are tasked with designing and building a Popsicle stick bridge that can withstand the highest load.    
Additional E-Week activities include the EngiTECH Technical Career Fair held on Feb. 18, featuring more than 20 local companies; a high school shadow day; a faculty and student barbecue; and, an awards banquet. Additional information about E-Week can be found at: http://esc.eng.uci.edu/eweek/.
All events will be held at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering on the UC Irvine campus. For directions, please visit http://www.uci.edu/campusmaps.php

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