UW News

April 23, 2014

Thousands on campus for Engineering Discovery Days, April 25-26

UW News

Don’t be surprised if you see a water rocket launch along Rainier Vista or a human-powered submarine showing off by the fountain this week.

Engineering Discovery Days
Fri., April 25, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sat., April 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Exhibit location map

Engineers and scientists from across the University of Washington campus will display their most engaging research and projects Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, during the annual Engineering Discovery Days. The two-day event is free and open to the public.

Students of all ages and their families can attend the Saturday exhibits and demonstrations. A series of information sessions will run all day for high school students about the various UW engineering departments, admissions, financial aid, and women in science and engineering programs. Friday’s exhibits are geared toward younger school groups and are at capacity.

Students check out 3-D printers at the 2013 Engineering Discovery Days.

Students check out 3-D printers at the 2013 Engineering Discovery Days.U of Washington

Many of the exhibit favorites – fish robots, 3-D printing, the concrete canoe and the glowing pickle – will return this year. One of the new exhibits features an electrical engineering team using Google Glass to improve football training (Saturday only).

Last year’s popular scavenger hunt will again challenge kids to visit various exhibits and answer questions such as, “What is the most common fuel made from yeast?” and “What color of Jell-O will absorb the light from a red laser?”

The promenade along Rainier Vista and Drumheller Fountain will be filled with outdoor exhibits and many of the engineering buildings will house the indoor displays. The lawn in front of the Mechanical Engineering Building is a new outdoor location this year.

The event is free and open to everyone, but organizers ask that attendees register online for planning purposes. Close to 10,000 visitors are expected to attend this event now in its 99th year.

Public transit, parking and directions are available online.


For more information: engrdays@uw.edu or 206-543-1770.

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