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Idaho State University College of Engineering to host prep competitions Feb. 18 as part of National Engineers Week

Posted February 2, 2010

The Idaho State University College of Engineering will host its annual National Engineers Week Student Competitions on Thursday, Feb. 18, with competitions beginning at 11 a.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Students from area high schools will compete with their own designs in six different competitions: 

• An edible car race;

• A distance competition for a car made from a mouse-trap;

• Strength testing for a popsicle bridge design;

• A design for an electric car that will travel five meters and stop on its own in the shortest amount of time possible;

• A clay boat competition that will test how much weight the boat can hold and still float;

• A perpetual motion contest in which students must design a self-propelled machine to run for at least one hour. 

The events allow for friendly competition among the students while affording an opportunity to learn more about engineering designs and applications.  The high school students will also have a chance to learn more about ISU and the advantages the College of Engineering has to offer. 

Prior to the student competitions there will be an open house in the Lillibridge Engineering Building from 9 to 11 a.m. Those attending the open house will have an opportunity to see a few of the engineering labs and learn about what engineering students study while at the College of Engineering.  Anyone who would like to learn more about engineering is invited to attend the open house. 

For more information about this event please contact Miriam Dance at 282-4361 or, or visit the College of Engineering website at