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Idaho State University School of Engineering to celebrate Engineers Week with competitions on Feb. 23

Posted February 16, 2012

The Idaho State University School of Engineering will host its annual National Engineers Week Student Competitions on Thursday, Feb. 23, with competitions beginning at 11 a.m. in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom.

Students from area high schools will be competing with their own designs in five different competitions including

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

• strength testing for a spaghetti 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 Rube Goldberg machine contest that will require students to design a three-phase machine to lift a 20 oz. water bottle; and

 and 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.

During the competitions, a lunch sponsored by ON Semiconductor will be provided for students participating in the competitions. ISU's School of Engineering would like to express appreciation to ON Semiconductor for their role in making this event possible.

Prior to the student competitions there will be an open house in the ISU 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 laboratories and learn about what engineering students study while at the School of Engineering.

Anyone who would like to learn more about engineering is invited to attend the open house. 

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