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Student engineers work hard at play during E-Week

Jan. 30, 2008, 11:04 AM

Vanderbilt University engineering students will be putting their imaginations to work in some fun and surprising ways as they compete in a series of challenges celebrating National Engineers Week (E-Week) February 18-23.

In additionIn addition to showcasing the various aspects of the engineering field, the competitions and activities are designed to interest students in engineering and science. 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 in its precipitous plunge from a drop three stories high. 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
  • E-Week in the Classroom: VU engineering students bring the fun of engineering and discovery to students at Metro’s Rose Park and Head Magnet Schools with some surprising, interactive experiments. 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.19, Head Magnet School
  • iCreate Robots: Students attempt to build the fastest – and smartest – robot to compete in this obstacle course race. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
  • Fastest Geek Competition: Engineering students race to assemble a computer, with the winner receiving a free Dell laptop. Prelims 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21; finals 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb.22, Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
  • Halo 2/Dance Dance Revolution/Wii/LAN Tournament and Party: More than 400 of Vanderbilt’s toughest competitors are expected to turn out to see who’s the hottest gamer of them all. 7:00 p.m. – Midnight, Friday, Feb. 22, Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium, Featheringill Hall
  • Potato Gun Competition: Students will build potato guns out of supplied parts and will compete with regulation-cut spuds. Prizes are based on distance traveled by spud. 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, soccer field next to Vanderbilt Recreation Center

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.

For a complete list of events and for more information, contact Laurie Parker ( or David Salisbury (

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Media Contact: Laurie Parker (615) 830-2871
David F. Salisbury, (615) 322-NEWS

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