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Young engineering talent to be on display at Expo

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Event Details

High school students will be doing their best to duct tape one another to walls and throw eggs using a mechanical contraption they made themselves while college students will be displaying their senior design projects and vehicles they made for student contests.

This display of young engineering talent will be housed Friday at the Swiftel Center in east Brookings for the annual Engineering Expo. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free admission.

The event is sponsored by the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering and organized by the student-run Joint Engineering Council.

A dozen high schools from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska will bring approximately 150 students to compete in contests such Human Wallpaper, in which students figure out the best use of duct tape to hold a classmate onto a wall, and Scrambler, in which students design and build a system that will launch a grade A egg to hit a target that is 1 foot off the ground and 27 feet away.

High school events begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with the 2 p.m. awards presentation. The day also includes the state Physics Bowl.

Judging of the college senior design projects begins at 10 a.m. Nearly 50 projects are expected to be on display, including a hybrid metal 3D printer and a concrete 3D printer, a project using feedstocks for 3D printing in outer space, and a NASA thermal protection system tester. Several projects are done in cooperation with a corporate sponsor.

Visitors can also see the Human-Powered Vehicle, which finished first and third at two national contests this spring; several small hovercrafts, which also placed at the contests; and the college’s entries in the Formula One race and the Baja buggy race, whose national contests are mid-May.

Dean Bruce Berdanier will give a brief welcoming at 8:50 a.m. followed by a “Crash Course in Engineering” by the college’s department heads.

At 1 p.m., organizers will show the movie, “Dream Big,” a 42-minute documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges that celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small.

For more information, search for “Engineering Expo” on the website or call the Lohr College of Engineering at (605) 688-4161.

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 8:00 am – 2:30 am Off-Campus

Building Access Directions

The Swiftel Center is located a half-mile east of the Interstate 29-Highway 14 interchange in east Brookings.

Parking Information

Available near the building.