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Feb 13, 2007    #022
Contact: Amanda Lepper
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UMKC students go head-to-head in Engineering Week competitions

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Volker campus will transform into a battlefield of the brains next week, as the School of Computing and Engineering celebrates Engineering Week with competitions involving paper flying machines, popsicle-stick bridges, newspaper-constructed chairs and several dozen eggs.

Each spring, UMKC and countless other engineering institutions across the nation take part in annual Engineering Week festivities to raise public awareness and appreciation of engineers’ contributions to society. UMKC’s activities begin Monday, Feb. 19, will a slew of high-energy competitions.

Students will battle gravity as they compete in the paper flying machine contest at 1 p.m. from the third floor atrium of Flarsheim Hall, while others will test their brute strength in a tug-a-war on the Quadrangle. Civil engineering students also will put their smarts to the test in the build-a-bridge contest, in which the structures will be built from popsicle sticks and the bridge capable of carrying the most weight will be declared the winner.

The first round of the ever-favorite egg drop contest begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 21, when dozens of Grade A beauties will drop three stories from the Flarsheim Hall atrium to meet either doom or victory, depending on the strength of the student-built contraptions in which they’ll make their descent. Those that survive will compete in the championship round at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

A new contest has also been added to the roster of events this year. Following the final-round egg drop competition Thursday afternoon, students will be challenged to build chairs capable of holding human weight using only newspapers.

The School of Computing and Engineering provides nationally competitive educational opportunities and focused research in computing and engineering to the students of the Midwest, generating the technical work force and research results needed to drive the economic development of the region including entrepreneurial activities.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban affairs.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).

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