Keith Hautala

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College: Engineering

E-Day Shows Families What Engineering and Computer Science Have to Offer

Published: Feb 18, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2014) — How would you mail a single potato chip without it breaking? Protect an egg from a three-story drop? Build a tower out of spaghetti and gumdrops?

 

These aren't the kinds of challenges you run into every day. But each taps into creative problem-solving, a critical skill for engineers. And all of those are actual projects you can see for yourself at the annual University of Kentucky Engineers Day Open House, also known as E-Day.

 

Hosted by the UK College of Engineering, the popular event features contests, displays and demonstrations for elementary, middle and high school students along with their families. Some 15 different student groups at the College of Engineering organize and oversee the various events.

 

This year, there's a new mobile app to help attendees get the most from their time at E-Day. It is now available as a free download in the Apple iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android) app stores.

 

E-day is a celebration of everything engineering has to offer. From building bridges to discovering new medications to writing the software that powers our cell phones, engineers and computer scientists do the things that make our 21st-century world work.

 

This year's open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Engineering Complex at UK. The event will also be held at UK's Engineering Campus at Western Kentucky Community and Technical College's Crounse Hall in Paducah from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST). Online registration (one registration per family recommended) is available, along with a full schedule of events, maps, and other useful information, at http://www.engr.uky.edu/eday.

 

E-day comes at the end of Engineers Week, an annual event sponsored by a coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies dedicated to promoting math and science literacy and ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

 

E-Day is a “come and go” type event. Most activities do not a have start time, although a few contests (Volcano and Egg Drop, for example) do have a specified time for judging. Organizers say most people will find it challenging to make it to every exhibit and contest, so they advise attendees, especially first-timers, to get there early, in order to get the lay of the land and plan out their day.

 

For high school students interested in attending the UK College of Engineering, student recruiters will be on hand in Room 323 of the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems (CRMS) building. A Q&A session will take place from 9-10:30 a.m., followed by a tour of the Engineering residence hall at 10:45.

 

For more information, visit http://www.engr.uky.edu/eday, or contact Chelsea Hansing at 859-257-5823 or e-mail chelsea@uky.edu. For parking directions, visit http://www.uky.edu/Admission/content/directions-uk-visitor-center.
 


MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-323-2396; keith.hautala@uky.edu

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