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Paper Airplane Contest Among UCR Engineers Week Activities Feb. 22-24

Paper Airplane Contest Among UCR Engineers Week Activities Feb. 22-24

(February 14, 2000)

Contests to build and fly paper airplanes and create marketable products from odd items like paper clips and aluminum foil will highlight activities scheduled at the University of California, Riverside during National Engineers Week, Feb. 22-24. Members of the news media are invited to cover Engineers Week activities.

More than 150 high school students from the Inland Empire and Los Angeles County will take part in MESA Day presented by the Bourns College of Engineering from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22. The students will create World Wide Web pages, build and fly paper airplanes, and work in teams to engineer products from a curious assortment of common household products. MESA Day is presented by the Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Program in the UCR engineering college.

Paper Airplane Contest: Scheduled between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, on the grassy area south of Bourns Hall, students will learn about aeronautics and fashion paper airplanes from basic designs used in the world record airplane contest. Then, they will fly their creations in a contest of flight duration and distance.

Create a Product: Using only paper clips, rubber bands, thread, pencils, tape, aluminum foil, paper, balloons and strings of licorice, the students will work in teams to design and build a marketable product, then "pitch" that product. Activity will take place from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Bourns Hall A265.

Web Page Creation: Under the direction of the students in the Bourns College of Engineering Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the visiting high school students will create their own web pages from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Science Library, Room 240.

Other Engineers Week activities: UCR students will meet informally with professional engineers and tech company representatives during Industry Night, scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Bourns Hall A265. In addition, a panel of engineering firm CEOs will share their insights on the profession of engineering and future careers in the field from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Bourns Hall A265. Participating in the panel will be: Dorriah Page, CEO of Santa Paula-based Ceryx, Inc.; William Saito, CEO of Riverside-based I/O Software, Inc.; Michael Kelly, chairman and chief technical officer of Kelly Space and Technology in San Bernardino; and Jon Slater, CEO of San Bernardino-based Optivus Technology, Inc.

Background: The annual National Engineers Week - sponsored by a consortium of engineering and education societies and major corporations - is presented to increase public awareness about technology and the engineering profession and to introduce youth to the roles that engineers play in society. This is the first year that the UCR Bourns College of Engineering has scheduled activities for high school students during National Engineers Week.

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