Source: UT | Advisory-David Goddard | October 18, 2017
UT will host more than 1,200 students from across the state and as far away as Atlanta for its 2017 Engineers Day celebration.
The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, with an opening ceremony at Thompson-Boling Arena followed by competitions and exhibitions in various engineering building starting at 10:30.
UT hosts Engineers Day every fall as a way to engage high school students from around the state and region.
Engineering classes are suspended for the day to encourage UT faculty, staff and students to help host and participate with the visitors.
While many Knoxville-area high schools participate, schools from the Tri-Cities area, the Chattanooga-Cleveland area, and Middle Tennessee account for more than 150 students each, highlighting the impact of both the event and the college across the state.
Events include a radiation shielding challenge sponsored by the American Nuclear Society, a bridge building competition where teams try to develop the strongest structure using balsa wood, an egg drop where students try to design devices to keep eggs intact after a four-story fall, and a quiz bowl.
CarniVol is hosting several events during the day, including a robotic capture the flag competition; “Houston, we have a problem,” presented in coordination with the Student Space Technology Association; and a session on rehabilitating streams with Hydrolunteers, a group of students from diverse majors focused on cleaning up area streams.