13, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) Where
do robots play checkers and eggs drop from 34 feet without breaking? At the University of
Kentucky Engineers Day Open House, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
26, in the universitys engineering buildings.
open house, sponsored by the UK College of Engineering, is particularly geared toward
middle school and high school students. Visitors may participate in laboratory
demonstrations and 18 contests. Some contests require advance registration, and all
include prizes for the winners, from cash to gift certificates to t-shirts.
also will be tours of the UK engineering facilities and exhibits and demonstrations by 25
engineering companies and the colleges research centers and academic departments.
Day is held annually in conjunction with National Engineers Week.
more information, call Monica Mehanna at (606) 257-3341 or visit the Engineers Day Open House web site.
Events requiring advance registration
Build a model car powered by carbon dioxide that will jump off a short ramp. To register,
call Eric Hawkes at (606) 276-5562.
Design a container in which a raw egg can survive a 34-foot fall. A combination of
lightest container and shortest travel time of those in which the egg does not break will
determine the winner. To register, call Donn Hancher at (606) 257-4857.
Day Programming Challenge:
Design and implement a solution to the game Cutting the Corners, where a
computer plays against a human opponent. The deadline for entering is Feb. 18. To
register, call Jurek Jaromczyk at (606) 257-1186.
Construct a bridge using 10 newspapers and tape. The bridge that supports a Lexington
phone book wins. To register, call Brian Aldridge at (606) 257-4349.
Build a model bridge of Popsicle sticks and glue. The strongest bridge wins. To register,
call Isaam Harik at (606) 257-3116.
Mail one original flavor Pringle potato chip without it breaking. Packages will be opened
on Engineers Day, and the lightest package received with an unbroken chip wins. Packages
must be mailed by the U.S. Postal Service to KSPE President, University of Kentucky
Department of Civil Engineering, 216 Raymond Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0281.
control car design:
Make an attachment for a radio-controlled car that can retrieve a light bulb from the end
of a winding maze. The fastest car to retrieve the light bulb wins. To register, call O.J.
Hahn at (606) 257-5862.
Build a device that flips on a light switch using provided specifications. The most
creative and complicated device wins. To register, contact Jason Cheatham at email@example.com.
Build a volcano using such materials as paper mache, clay and cardboard that spews lava of
vinegar, baking soda and cornstarch. The volcano that spews lava closest to 18 inches from
the outer edge of its base wins. To register, call Mike Hanel at (606) 252-4340 or Tony
Lucas at (606) 278-2093.
Events not requiring advance registration
Maneuver a simulated leg on a computer into a number of positions. The contestant who
holds the leg in the positions with the fewest errors wins.
Use a four-by-four-inch piece of aluminum foil to build a barge that will float while
carrying pennies. The barge that can carry the most pennies wins.
Build a slow-falling device of paper, paper clips, staples, dental floss and clear
adhesive tape that will hit a five-foot round target when dropped from 30 feet. The device
that hits the target and has the longest falling time wins.
Build a car of edible foods that will roll down an incline. The car that travels farthest
wins (in case of a tie, the car judged to be best-tasting wins).
Assemble a structure using provided instructions and materials. The fastest-built set
Build a bridge that can hold at least two-and-a-half bricks using paper clips, tape,
scissors and as few index cards as possible. A combination of the number of bricks and
index cards will determine the winner.
Build a crane of provided drinking straws, tape and thread that supports an off-center
load of 100 grams. A combination of the cranes height and the distance from the base
to the 100-gram weight will determine the winner.
Make a paper airplane from 8½-by-11-inch paper. The plane that flies the farthest wins.
Build a tower out of index cards. The tower that supports the most weight wins.