CU-Boulder Engineering Days Features Egg-Drop, Takeoff Challenge

Published: April 15, 2003

Students at the University of Colorado at Boulder this week are celebrating Engineering Days, a week-long technology fest featuring the annual College Egg Drop, Vertical Take-off Challenge and Engineering Carnival.

Co-sponsored by the University of Colorado Engineering Council, corporate sponsors, and professional engineering societies, E-Days is an annual celebration of the engineering profession and a chance for students to apply their engineering skills in fun and creative ways.

Events, which will start to ramp up Wednesday night with a faculty-student Knowledge Bowl from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. in Duane Physics room G1B30, are free and open to all Boulder campus students and faculty.

The annual Egg Drop will be held on Thursday with high school entries at 1 p.m. and college entries at 2 p.m. in the courtyard at the base of the Engineering Center Office Tower. The event challenges students to design a device or mechanism that will protect an egg during an eight-story drop. Past entries have ranged from liquid nitrogen inventions to bags full of gelatinous sludge.

The Vertical Take-off Challenge will follow the Egg Drop contest at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday on the Herbst Plaza. A Rocket Launch also will be held at about 4:30 p.m. on the field east of the business school. Students have been building vertical takeoff vehicles and model rockets at a table in the Engineering Center Lobby all week.

A carnival, featuring a mechanical bull and a professor dunk tank, will be held Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Engineering Quadrangle courtyard.

On Thursday night, at 7 p.m. in the Engineering Center room ECCR 245, Microsoft X-Box developer Roger Wolfson will give a technology talk and demonstrate innovations in computer gaming. A Microsoft X-Box gaming tournament featuring the game Halo will be held on Friday night in the Engineering Center Lobby with open rounds beginning at 7 p.m. and competition at 8:30 p.m.

For more information visit or call 303-492-6927.