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April 14, 2000

Schoolchildren, teachers and parents to get hands-on engineering experience at UW College of Engineering Open House

Thousands of schoolchildren, their teachers and parents are expected to gather at the University of Washington campus April 28 and 29 to learn about engineering by participating in hands-on demonstrations during the College of Engineering Open House.

Students and families will manipulate cultures of bioluminescent bacteria and watch the lights flash; launch water-propelled rockets to learn what causes thrust; get a look at Dawgstar, the smallest-known self-propelled satellite, which will be launched from the Space Shuttle in 2002; and morph pictures of themselves with computerized special effects, among other activities.

The open house is scheduled for April 28 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center for the event will be directly in front of Loew Hall, located on Stevens Way directly across from the HUB on the UW campus. Exhibits and activities will be located at various engineering buildings. The event is free and open to the public.

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For more information, call (206) 543-8590, or check the Web at www.engr.washington.edu/openhouse/.