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Citadel News Service
7 Feb 2011

Celebrating Engineering Week

In celebration of National Engineers’ Week, The Citadel and the Charleston Engineers Joint Council will sponsor several events at The Citadel.

Friday, Feb. 18
9 a.m.-noon, Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

MathCounts is a national program that promotes mathematical excellence in middle school students. The Citadel will host a local MathCounts competition for Lowcountry students. 

Sunday, Feb. 20
Girl Scouts Discover Engineering
2-5 p.m., Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

The Discover Engineering Event is co-hosted by the Citadel’s student section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Lowcountry professional section of SWE.  This event is open to Girl Scouts at the Junior and Cadette Level.  The girls will be introduced to the engineering process through several activities that span the different engineering disciplines.  The cost is $4 per girl and girls should register through the local girls scout council.  For more information contact:  Mary Graves at

Wed., Feb. 23
Charleston Engineers Joint Council Annual Engineer’s Banquet  
5:30-8:00pm. Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Avenue   

The highlight of the week is the National Engineers Week Banquet held along with the Charleston Engineers Joint Council (CEJC).  This year’s theme is GET ELECTRIFIED.  Keynote speaker Mr. James Poch of Plug in Carolina will discuss the electric car charging station deployment across South Carolina and the impacts of the of going electric to the local economy.  There will be displays of electric vehicles from multiple vendors. The CEJC Engineer of the Year will be awarded and individual societies will brief on their contributions to the community.  Banquet tickets will cost $15 for students and $30 for adults if purchased before Feb. 15.  Adult tickets purchased after Feb. 15 will cost $35. Link to purchase tickets online: or see your society’s CEJC rep

Sat., Feb. 26
Engineering Fair 
8 a.m.–noon Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
The annual Engineering Fair for Lowcountry Students is held annually to expose middle and high school students to fundamental math and science principles vital to understanding engineering issues and methods. 

Model Bridge Competition   8 to 11:30 a.m.
Bridge Registration   8 to 9:00 a.m.
Bridge Judging   8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Bridge Testing    10 to 11:30 a.m.
Robotics Competition   8 a.m. to noon   
Competition   9 to 11:30 a.m.
Compilation of Results   11:30 a.m. to noon
Electrical Engineering students’ senior projects   9 a.m. to noon
Awards ceremony  Noon

Saturday, Feb 26
Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Summerall Field

Co-hosted by Google and The Citadel, teams from 13 high schools in South Carolina, cadets and active duty students at The Citadel and engineers and scientists from Lowcountry corporations are tasked with building a trebuchet that will hurl oranges across Summerall Field at a target. A trebuchet, similar to a catapult, is an ancient siege engine used for throwing large rocks. It was invented in China in about the 4th century BC, came to Europe in the 6th century AD, and did not become obsolete until the 16th century, well after the introduction of gunpowder.

For more information about the CEJC and National Engineers Week, contact Mary Graves at (843) 218-7244.  For more information on Engineering Week, go to
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