CU-Boulder Engineering Days to feature egg drop and rocket launch on Oct. 18

October 11, 2013 •

Engineering students at the University of Colorado Boulder will host the annual College Egg Drop competition Oct. 18 as part of Engineering Days.

The egg drop, which starts at 1 p.m. on the west side of the Engineering Center, challenges students to create a contraption that will protect a raw egg when dropped from the eighth floor of the Engineering Center’s office tower.

“E-Days” is an annual tradition during which students celebrate the engineering profession with fun and challenging competitions and social events. The event is organized by the University of Colorado Engineering Council (UCEC) and various student honor societies.

In addition to the egg drop, students also will build and launch water bottle rockets, partake in a barbecue and field day, and engage in other engineering-related activities during the three-day event, Oct. 16 through 18.

Organizers moved the event from its traditional spring dates to October this year in an effort to encourage greater participation both in E-Days and in student societies.

“The great part about moving E-Days to the fall this year is that now first-year students will be able to see all the exciting things different societies are currently doing and make an effort to get actively involved,” said Lauren Gresh, co-vice president of UCEC. “The tough thing with E-Days in the spring was people would forget about which societies were interesting to them by the time that fall came around again. Now students can jump right in and join.”

A complete schedule of events is posted at

Courtney Staufer, 303-492-7190