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Chemical engineering major Stephanie Mekus helped young children build catapults out of Popsicle sticks and plastic spoons to launch marshmallows.

Celebrating engineers

1:57 PM  Feb 26th, 2013
by Meredith Hirt ’13, photos by Stephanie Lefeld ’13

February 17-23 the students in Kettering Labs took a study break or two to celebrate a week dedicated just to them.

Engineers Week is an annual celebration of “engineers, engineering students, and technicians—and all of the amazing things you do every day to make the world a better place,” according to the National Engineers Week Foundation. On campus there was a special UD spin to everything, from service activities to University trivia and more.

“College can be stressful,” said Josh Rellinger, senior mechanical engineering major, president of mechanical engineering honors society Pi Tau Sigma and organizer of Engineers Week. “We want to have a week to come up with engineering-related activities.”

Monday kicked off with two week-long events: a penny war, with proceeds donated to Ronald McDonald House, and an on-campus scavenger hunt for things like KU Fountain and the newest residence hall. Tuesday evening the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering hosted an activities night for local elementary-aged children. Engineering students helped the kids build catapults with Popsicle sticks, plastic spoons and marshmallows, and “elephant toothpaste” was created from the foamy reaction of hydrogen peroxide and yeast. Stephanie Mekus, a fifth-year chemical engineering major and president of SAMPE, said, “We’re getting kids interested in engineering. I did stuff like this with my mom when I was little, and now I’m an engineer.”

There was a duct-tape-your-professor-to-the-wall competition, guest speakers, and, the night before the closing ceremony on Friday, a dodgeball tournament. “There’s something about our generation and dodgeball. We can’t get enough,” said Rellinger.

The departments in the school of engineering competed against one another throughout the week and the chemical engineering department walked away with first place and $500 to fund a prize or event of their choice. Now it’s back to studying for midterms.

Click the photo to see more pictures from the week’s events.

Senior mechanical engineering major Josh Rellinger organized Engineers Week 2013.The funds acquired in the week-long penny war were donated to the Ronald McDonald House.On Monday evening students duct-taped their professors to the wall. - by Stephanie Lefeld ’13Maybe this professor will be stuck to the wall too long to give midterm exams. - by Stephanie Lefeld ’13

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