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Citadel News Service

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Feb. 7, 2005

The Citadel celebrates National Engineers’ Week

In celebration of National Engineers’ Week, The Citadel and 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 will sponsor several events:

Mon., Feb. 14
Corps of Engineers Open House
9–11 a.m., Holliday Alumni Center, The Citadel, 69 Hagood Avenue

This annual educational event is open to all high school students as an opportunity to experience and learn more about the engineering and technology fields. The open house will feature interactive displays from the Corps of Engineers, Charleston Air Force Base, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston-SPAWAR, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME), The Citadel and others. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Alicia M. Gregory at or 843.329.8123.

Sat., Feb. 19
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, a robotics competition, Electrical Engineering student poster displays and interactive math and science student exhibits for middle and high school students. 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

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. 9–10:30 a.m.

Student Invention Displays: Electrical Engineering students discuss and display senior design projects. Among the displays will be a magnetic levitation train and a fire-detecting robot with 911-calling capabilities.  8:30–11 a.m.

Wed., Feb. 23
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 on the construction of the new Cooper River bridge. The Charleston Engineer of the Year Award will also be presented. Tickets are $25 per person and $15 for students. The deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 16. For information, contact Barrett Williams at 843.884.3201.

Click here for more information on Engineering Week.


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