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E Week: Winners hit bullseye – eggxactly


Teams braved cold temps and a steady breeze on top of Featheringill Hall today in an attempt to win cash in an Egg Drop Competition that kicked off Engineers Week events on campus.

Engineering students had one hour to devise a container that would safely cushion its cargo egg from a three-story plunge. Fifty-five students entered the competition and formed 35 teams.

Materials provided to build the container were a FedEx box (sponsor), a plastic sandwich bag containing cotton balls, paper clips, string, two plastic drinking straws; and masking tape. Teams could also use the plastic sandwich bag.

All winners had intact payload at the target: an unbroken egg!

First place winners are freshmen Daniel Johnson and Jason Frankel. They scored a bullseye and won $300. Freshmen Raheel Thobhani and Fadi Azera also scored a bullseye but their container bounced off a window ledge before landing in the center. They won $200.

Sophomore Bryn Pittinger and junior Dylan Bunch captured third place and won $150 when their container land only 5 inches from the bullseye.  Sophomore John Acevedo and junior Jonathon Poe placed fourth when their container landed 24.75 inches from bullseye. They received $100.  Fifth place went to seniors Will Beaumont and Tyler Lamb, whose container stopped at 26.75 inches from the bullseye. They took home $50.

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.

The public is invited to attend remaining E Week events:

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.

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

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

Friday, Feb. 20
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

 

For more information,

Contact:
Brenda Ellis
(615) 343-6314
brenda.ellis@vanderbilt.edu

 

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Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009 in ,Alumni, News