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MEDIA ADVISORY: Student engineers work hard at play during E-Week

Feb. 19, 2007, 11:15 AM

In a series of challenging but fun competitions, the engineering students at Vanderbilt University will display their ingenuity and inventiveness to celebrate National Engineers Week February 19-24.

In addition to showcasing the engineering field, the competitions and activities are designed to interest students in engineering and scientific fields. The media and the public are invited.

Activities include:

Egg Drop Competition: Vanderbilt engineering students will have only one hour to transform an unassembled FedEx box and some odds and ends into a clever container that will safely cushion its cargo egg from its precipitous plunge from a drop three stories high. 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall.

Fastest Geek Competition: Engineering students race to assemble a computer, with the winner receiving a free Dell computer. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22; finals 12:30 – 1:30 Friday, Feb.23, Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall.

Potato Gun Competition: Students will build potato guns out of supplied parts and will compete with regulation-cut spuds to see whose potato gun can propel potatoes farthest and most accurately.12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, soccer field across from Vanderbilt Recreation Center.

For complete E Week schedule: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ecouncil/

National Engineers Week was first established in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. It is traditionally held the week of Presidents Day, because George Washington was a military engineer and a land surveyor.

Featheringill Hall is located on Vanderbilt University Campus behind the Free Electron Laser Building. For map: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/map/map.cgi?mode=1&bldg=jacobs.html

Medial Contact: Vivian F. Cooper (615) 322-2762
Vivian.F.Cooper @vanderbilt.edu
David F. Salisbury (615) 343-6803
David.F.Salisbury@Vanderbilt.edu

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