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UCR celebrates National Engineers Week with cars, computers and basketball

UCR celebrates National Engineers Week with cars, computers and basketball

(February 13, 2001)

Soaring paper airplanes, a display of alternative fuel vehicles, hands-on activities for high school students, a Micromouse competition and a basketball game are all part of National Engineers Week Friday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 23 at the University of California, Riverside.

The events were planned and organized by UCR students who are members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers and the Associates for Computing Machinery, with help from the Bourns College of Engineering Office of special Programs. Funding comes from Bourns College clubs, Associated Students of UCR, Cal Trans, and Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA).

All events are free and open to spectators. Campus parking costs between $3 and $6. Highlights include:

Tuesday, Feb. 20
Noon -- Four alternative fuel vehicles will be displayed at the bell tower mall, sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Wednesday, Feb. 21
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- High school students from Riverside, Moreno Valley and Pomona try hands-on engineering activities as part of Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) High School Day, an outreach program to attract students who traditionally have been underrepresented in engineering. They will fly paper airplanes, morph their faces on computers and design new products out of household items.

Noon -- The band "PFN" will play for the lunch hour near the tower mall, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery.

6 p.m. -- Faculty, staff and students will play a basketball game at the UCR Recreation Center outdoor courts, sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers.

Thursday, Feb. 22
Noon -- A Micromouse demonstration, tiny microchip-powered vehicles that navigate, mouse like, through an unknown maze, will take place at the tower mall. Also, students will compete to see who can build the best vehicle powered by the spring action of a mousetrap.

Friday, Feb. 23
Noon -- A trivia contest that pits faculty against students, held in Bourns A265.

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