Ride on a hovercraft, build and launch your own water bottle rocket, scarf down free breakfast each day, and so much more as part of a week of engineering-themed events and activities on UCF’s main campus.
The UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science invites everyone to celebrate Engineers Week at UCF, Feb. 19–24, featuring a variety of entertaining, visual events planned by student groups to showcase the fact that just about every modern convenience is possible because of engineers.
Don’t miss Wednesday’s Engineers’ Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Engineering II Atrium and Harris Engineering Center Atrium and on the lawn in between both buildings. The day will feature with interactive games and activities the opportunity to take a 30-second ride on a leaf blower-powered hovercraft where you’ll float nearly three inches off the ground, take a spin in a quadcopter simulator, build your own water filter using homemade materials, and other activities designed to be fun and to demonstrate engineering principles.
Friday will feature the college’s very own version of Junkyard Wars. Dozens of students will use materials provided to build a working machine to perform a specific task. Stop by from 12 – 5 p.m. to see what our student engineers create.
Engineers Week (#EngineersWeek) is recognized nationally by DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) to celebrate the positive contributions engineers make to society. It is celebrated on every U.S. engineering college campus and in industry.
All events will be held on UCF’s main campus are open to the public with free admission. To view a campus map, click here.
View/download a list of E-Week events.You don’t have to be an engineer to participate and have fun. See the full schedule below:
Daily, Feb. 19 – 23, Breakfast by the Bridge, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., located between Pegasus Dr. and Engineering II. Free breakfast. Hosted by American Society of Civil Engineers.
Monday, Feb. 19
Quadcopter Overview, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Engineering II Atrium.
Stop by and learn how the ins and outs of how a quadcopter works, and how to build your own. Hosted by FPV Knights.
Race to Zero, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Engineering II Atrium.
Checking out a net-zero house, or zero-energy building, designed by American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers at UCF. Hosted by ASHRAE at UCF.
The Great Engineering Race, 12 – 2 p.m., Engineering II Atrium.
The Great Engineering Race will test your knowledge on broad engineering topics. Have fun working in teams to finish the race as fast as you can to earn prizes. Hosted by Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
CECS Project Showcase, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Engineering 2 Atrium.
CECS students will be showcasing the various projects and ideas they are working on in class, clubs, and as hobbies. Hosted by Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute at UCF.
Wednesday, Feb. 21
CECS Engineers’ Fair – FEATURED EVENT, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Engineering II Atrium, Harris Engineering Center Atrium, and on the lawn in between both buildings.
Ride a hovercraft powered by a leaf blower and float 2 to 3 inches off the ground (one rider at a time; each ride lasts for 30 seconds), play giant Jenga, design and launch water bottle rockets, play with robots, and so much more. Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute at UCF and the Student Panel for Engineering and Computer Science.
Professional Panel, 6 – 8 p.m., Harris Engineering Center, Room 101.
Professional speakers coming in to answer questions about the civil engineering profession and interviewing skills. Hosted by American Society of Civil Engineers.
Thursday, Feb. 22
Leadership Workshop, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Harris Engineering Center, Room 101.
Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute at UCF developed a workshop to help students enhance their leadership skills and develop professionally. This is a great opportunity for anyone pursuing a career in technical leadership or engineering management, as well as for anyone currently holding an office position in an engineering organization. Hosted by Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute at UCF.
Friday, Feb. 23
Brunch and Learn, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Location is TBD. Please check the Society of Women Engineers Facebook Page for updates.
Stop by for a delicious brunch and listen to an engineering professional discuss the ins and outs of her job, and learn about the various opportunities within her organization. Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers at UCF.
Junkyard Wars, 12 – 5 p.m., Engineering Atrium.
Participating teams will use scraps and other materials provided to build a working machine – think Rube Goldberg style – to perform a specific task. Industry professionals will judge the projects. Must register by Feb. 16. Prizes will be awarded to first place: $200, second place: $100, and third place: $50. Hosted by Theta Tau.
Engineering Futures, 12 – 3 p.m., Harris Engineering Center, Room 101.
Engineering Futures is the award-winning interactive workshop program that provides engineering students training in “soft skills”, those nontechnical skills necessary for success in the workplace but rarely included in engineering curricula. Registration is required. Hosted by Tau Beta Pi.
Saturday, February 24
Engineers’ BBQ, 11 a.m. – p.m., Lake Claire.
Celebrate the final day of Engineers Week with the engineering clubs and organizations! Swing by to enjoy free food and games. There will also be lake equipment available for rent. Hosted by American Society for Engineering Education.