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E-Day

Each November, the Herff College of Engineering hosts a day-long event for middle and high school students to engage in lab tours/demonstrations, hear presentations on career opportunities, and compete in a variety of team-based engineering competitions hosted by each of the engineering departments.  Approximately 1,000 students participate each year. Competitions include:

  • Cardboard Beam Contest—Which team can develop the strongest cardboard beam as measured by the strength-to-weight ratio (SWR)?
  • Wind Power Contest—Which team can generate the most power by converting wind energy to electrical energy?
  • Bristlebots Contest—Which team can design and build a simple robot our of a bristled end from a toothbrush, a vibrating motor, and a battery that will a) best travel in a straight path or b) exhibit the highest towing power?
  • Programming Contest—Which team can complete the most programming problems in 1 hour?
  • Rocket Modeling Contest—Which team’s design will achieve the highest altitude?
  • Kicker Contest—Which team can design an ‘artificial leg’ that will kick a standard ping-pong ball into a target with the highest degree of accuracy?
  • Wall Contest—Which team can achieve the highest participant weight to duct tape mass ratio through a design that fully supports a team member to sit in a chair taped to a wall to be completely off the ground for a minimum of three minutes?
  • Boat Contest—Which team can design a boat that will cover 6 feet of water in a fixed container in the shortest amount of time? 
  • K’NEX Structure Contest—Which team can design a bridge with the best structural performance as measured by build time and structure mass?
  • Transportation Contest—Which team can design, build, and race a K-NEX constructed vehicle that will achieve the highest profits by delivering payload to designated destinations with the fewest stops for repairs and ‘fuel’?
E-Day

CRISTAL
209 Dunn Hall
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-1303
cristal@memphis.edu

Director:
Peter K. Bridson, Ph.D.
Phone: (901) 678-4423
pbridson@memphis.edu

Associate Director
Education & Non-Profit
Partnerships:
Judith A. Faris, Ed.D.
Phone: (901) 678-4911
jfaris@memphis.edu

Associate Director
Corporate Partnerships:
Catherine Wilson, Ed.D.
Phone: (901) 678-3418
ctwlson2@memphis.edu

Administrative Associate:
Erica M. Boyce
Phone: (901) 678-1303
emboyce@memphis.edu

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