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Discover Engineering Day Jan. 28 Offers Fun, Hands-on Learning

By:    Published 11:32 am / January 20, 2012

All things engineering will be on display for the public to experience at Boise State’s eighth annual Discover Engineering Day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. The College of Engineering event is free and open to the public, with check-in at the Engineering and Technology Building located at 1375 University Drive. Pre-registration is not required.

The event, dubbed “Be an engineer for a day,” brings thousands of people to campus and is designed to inform, entertain and inspire. The day includes dynamic activities and interaction with engineering students, faculty researchers and industry experts, all in an effort to get children interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

A few highlights from the schedule of events include:

  • Design a bridge
  • Ride a Segway
  • Make an edible aquifer
  • Experience a wind tunnel
  • Try tie dye chromatography
  • Build a NASA heat shield or “Bristle Bot”
  • Power a bicycle generator
  • Check out a 15,000-volt demonstration
  • Watch a special presentation by former NASA astronaut Barbara Morgan

Leading up to the Jan. 28 public event is Boise State’s Engineering Extravaganza, an educational adventure for more than 400 elementary school students happening Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Thursday, Jan. 26. Both events promote science and engineering professions and celebrate their creative contributions to improving quality of life worldwide.

Discover Engineering Day 2012 sponsors include the Department of Environmental Quality, Hewlett-Packard, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Power, Micron Technology Foundation and United Water.

Free parking for Discover Engineering Day is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage on the corner of University Drive and Lincoln Avenue.

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