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Citadel News Service
27 Jan 2006

Nation’s 5th oldest engineering school celebrates EWeek

The Citadel School of Engineering will celebrate National Engineers’ Week with the 7th Annual Engineering Fair for Middle and High School Students Sat., Feb. 18 in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium from 8 a.m. until noon.

The annual fair is designed to expose Lowcountry middle and high school students to fundamental math and science principles for understanding engineering issues and methods. Highlights of the annual event include the bridge building and the robotics competitions.

The craft stick bridge competition tests bridges for strength to weight ratio. Bridges constructed of craft sticks and wood glue will be loaded at mid-span until they collapse. The maximum load divided by the bridge weight will determine students’ scores. Awards will be presented for maximum strength to weight ratio, maximum load and lightest bridge to hold minimum load of 2500 grams. Awards are also given for most original design, most constructible and best craftsmanship.

Students will also put their team-built Lego robots to the test in a one-on-one baseball match to determine which robot is best designed. The fair will also feature interactive math and science student exhibits and electrical engineering student poster displays. The schedule of events is as follows:

Model Bridge Competition

          Registration: 8–9 am
          Judging: 8:30–10 am
          Bridge Testing: 10–11:30 am

Robotics Competition

          Registration: 8–9 am
          Competition: 9–11:30 am

Compilation of Results: 11:30 am–noon

Electrical Engineering students display of senior design projects: 9–11 am

Awards Ceremony: noon

Composed of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Citadel School of Engineering has ranked among the top 50 undergraduate engineering programs in the nation in “U.S. News & World Report.” The military college was the forerunner in engineering education in the state of South Carolina and fifth in the nation. Following the tradition of the other military academies, engineering has been a part of the college’s curriculum since its inception in 1842.

National Engineers’ Week, or EWeek, is held every year during the week of George Washington’s birthday. It is co-sponsored by the Charleston District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with the Charleston Engineers Joint Council, the Lowcountry Math and Science Regional Center and Ashley Hall School. For more information on EWeek, go to www.citadel.edu/ece/eweek.

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