Robot obstacle course, fastest Geek contest highlight Engineers Week

Engineering students at Vanderbilt University will showcase their ingenuity through a series of challenging – but fun – competitions and events held during National Engineers Week February 16-20.

In addition to spotlighting the engineering profession, the competitions and activities are designed to interest students in engineering and scientific fields. Media and the public are invited.

Activities include:

Egg Drop Competition: Engineering students will have an hour to devise a container that will safely cushion its cargo egg from a three-story plunge. Cash prizes will be awarded.  12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, Featheringill Atrium.

Robot Obstacle Course: Robots will be programmed by students to run an obstacle course. Cash prizes will be awarded.  11 a.m. – Noon Wednesday, Feb. 18, Featheringill Atrium. From noon to 1 p.m.,

Fastest Geek Competition: Students race to assemble a computer. The winners receives a free Dell notebook computer.  (Prelims 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, Featheringill Atrium) FINALS:  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, Feathingill Atrium.

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.


Schedule of events:

Monday, Feb. 16
Egg Drop Competition
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Sponsored by FedEx & ASCE * Prizes

High School Explorer Scouts tour VUSE
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Featheringill Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 17
E Week in the Classroom
Engineering students visit Nashville schools
Sponsored by VUSE Outreach Programs, SWE, SHPE

Wednesday, Feb. 18
iCreate Robots
11 a.m. to Noon   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Robot will be programmed to do a task such as capture a flag competition
Sponsored by the Engineering Council, Tau Beta Pi, SHPE

Tower Building Competition
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Tallest 3 towers to hold a soda can 10 seconds wins
Sponsored by ASME chapter * Cash prizes

Zome Stick Building Competition
Noon to 2:00 p.m.   Engineering & Science Library/Stevenson
Design competition * Cash prizes

Thursday, Feb. 19
Fastest Geek prelim’s
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Computer assembly competition
Sponsored by Dell and IEEE chapter * Cash prizes

Ice Cream Social
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Sponsored by AIChE

Friday, Feb. 20
Engineering Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Sponsored by the Dean’s Office
Coordinated by NSBE, SHPE, E-Council

Dell’s Fastest Geek FINALS
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Computer assembly competition
First Place wins Dell laptop * Cash prizes

Order of the Engineer
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   “Jacobs Believed in Me” Auditorium
Students take ethics oath & receive Engineer’s Ring
Coordinated by Engineering Student Services, Tau Beta Pi

LAN Party/ HALO 2 Tournament
7 p.m. to Midnight    “Jacobs Believed in Me” Auditorium
Games: Halo 3, Super Smash Melee Brawl, Wii Sports, Rock Band, Starcraft, and Counter Strike
Sponsored by Vanderbilt Computer Society * Cash prizes


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