UW News

April 22, 2010

Engineering Discovery Days happening this weekend, April 23-24

The Engineering Discovery Days, formerly known as Engineering Open House, will take place this Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, on the UW campus. Don’t be surprised if you see a rocket blastoff outside the HUB, or kids with laser guns racing around the Electrical Engineering building.

Friday’s events, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be geared toward school children in grades four through eight. Hands-on exhibits and demonstrations will be led by UW College of Engineering faculty, students and staff.

Saturday’s program, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is directed at prospective applicants — high school students, community college students and pre-majors — and their families. In addition to the demonstrations and lab tours, Saturday will include presentations by UW Admissions, Office of Student Financial Aid, Housing & Food services and student panels. The program will also provide information about scholarship opportunities, the Honors program, transfer admissions and undergraduate research opportunities.

“The newly redesigned Engineering Discovery Days will allow thousands of elementary and high school students to glance into the world of cutting-edge research here at the University of Washington’s College of Engineering,” said Thomas Calhoun, the college’s assistant dean of student academic services. “We believe that the opportunity will inspire many of them to want to become part of the next generation of engineers and scientists.”

Hundreds of engineering students, faculty and staff will volunteer as part of the two-day event. Popular exhibits include the robotic fish, the UW Formula SAE racecar, the electrical engineering laser tag Friday only and tours of the Kirsten Wind Tunnel. A full list of exhibits is here.

Both days are also open to the public. Those planning to attend are asked to register here.