Engineers Day, or E-Day, is a celebration of everything engineering has to offer. From building bridges to discovering new medications to writing the software that powers our cell phones, engineers and computer scientists do the things that make our 21st-century world work.
This year’s E-Day celebration at the University of Kentucky in Lexington is on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST in Paducah. E-Day comes at the end of Engineers Week, an annual event sponsored by a coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies dedicated to promoting math and science literacy and ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.
E-Day is a “come and go” type event. Most activities do not a have start time, although a few contests (Volcano and Egg Drop come to mind) will have a definitive time for judging. Most people find that they can’t make it around to every exhibit and contest because we have so many, so it is advisable to get here close to 9 am. We also have a mobile app to help you plan your day ahead of time and navigate our maze of exhibits. It is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD in the App Stores for both iOS and Android. Click here for the Android app, or here for the iOS version.
There are all kinds of things to see and do at E-Day. You’ll be able to explore many of our research and computer labs to see what our students do. Approximately 150 demonstrations, exhibits and contests hosted by UK Students and Departments, government organizations and industry will be featured. A list of contests and exhibits can be found here.
Food is not provided; however, UK’s Dining Services will have some lunch options available. There will be several restaurants open in the Student Center Food Court. There are also many privately-owned restaurants within walking distance of campus.
Engineers Day is perfect for school-aged children from elementary all the way through high school; especially those interested in learning more about the exciting things engineers and computer scientists do. There are many things to amaze, inform and delight you at the UK College of Engineering. Even parents and teachers will be entertained. The best news is that E-Day is completely FREE and so is the parking!
Engineers Day Open House (Lexington Campus) takes place in several College of Engineering buildings on the campus of the University of Kentucky, including the Ralph G. Anderson (RGAN), F. Paul Anderson Tower (FPAT), Oliver H. Raymond Building (OHR), Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center (ASTeCC), Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems (CRMS) and the Davis Marksbury Building.
There are several parking areas that we recommend for E-Day attendees and all are FREE!
Take I-64 / I-75 to Exit 113 (marked Paris/Lexington). Turn right onto North Broadway (US 68). Follow through downtown for 3 miles. One block past the Hyatt Regency Hotel, turn left at the light onto Maxwell Street. Turn Right onto Rose Street.
More than 20 different student groups at the College of Engineering organize and oversee contests of various forms. Some of our favorites include:
Edible car contest – exactly as it sounds, build a miniature, functioning car out of food items
Egg drop contest – design a container for holding an egg that will keep the egg from breaking after dropping it from a height of several stories.
We will continue to add new contests as E-Day approaches. Be sure to check back here for up-to-the-minute information on all the different contests.
Do you have questions about E-Day or would you like more information? Let us know. Please fill out the contact form, or contact Chelsea Hansing directly.
If you represent an engineering or computer science related company or organization and would like to exhibit at E-Day, please contact Ilka Balk.