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Citadel News Service

For release
February 10, 2004

Celebrating National Engineers’ Week 2004

           In celebration of National Engineers' Week, The Citadel and the Charleston District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with the Charleston Area Engineers Joint Council and Ashley Hall School will sponsor several events:

Tues., Feb. 24
Charleston Engineers Joint Council National Engineer Week Banquet
5:30–9 p.m., Holliday Alumni Center, The Citadel, 69 Hagood Avenue

           The event features presentations of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ rebuilding efforts in Iraq by the Corps’ Charleston District Commander Lt. Col. Alvin Lee and Mr. Dennis McKinley. The Charleston Engineer of the Year Award will also be presented. Tickets are $25 per person and $10 for students. The deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 16. For information, contact Jason Wyen at 963-5023.

Fri., Feb. 27
Corps of Engineers Open House
9 a.m.–noon, Mark Clark Hall Auditorium, The Citadel campus

           Charleston District will present several displays that show how the Corps of Engineers impacts the state and the nation. Corps of Engineer employees will be on hand to discuss mission areas, which include regulatory and the environment, coastal engineering and flood control, navigation, value engineering, disaster preparedness and response, and planning assistance to states. Cadet senior design projects and exhibits from the Charleston Air Force Base and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center will be on display. The event is free and open to the public.

Sat., Feb. 28
Citadel Annual Engineering Fair for Lowcountry Students
8 a.m.–noon, Mark Clark Hall Auditorium, The Citadel campus

           The fair is held annually to expose Lowcountry middle and high school students to fundamental math and science principles vital to understanding engineering issues and methods. It features a model bridge competition and a robotics competition. All events are free and open to the public.

           Model Bridge Competition: Model bridges, built and designed by Lowcountry middle and high school students, using only craft sticks and carpenters’ wood glue, will be tested for strength to weight ratio. Bridges 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. Additional awards will include most original design, most constructible and best craftsmanship.

           Registration 8–9 a.m.
           Judging 8:30–10 a.m.
           Bridge Testing 10-11:30 a.m.
           Compilation of Results 11:30 a.m.– noon

           Mad Science Program: Dr. Slime, a college Chemistry professor, conducts an engaging presentation entitled “Mad Science,” which visually demonstrates a variety of science principles within a highly interactive audience format. 9-10 a.m.

           Robotics Competition: High school and middle school students from Berkeley County put their team-built Lego robots to the test in a head-to-head baseball competition against other team robots. 10–11:30 a.m.

           Cadet Inventions: Cadets discuss and display senior design projects. Some of the many inventions on display will be a team-built submarine, a magnetic levitation device, and a voice-controlled toy tank.
8 a.m. –noon

For more information, contact, Maj. Jeff Davis at or call 953-7687.


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