Engineers Day

Open House

February 25, 2017


What is E-Day?

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. 25, 2017 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 (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.

What can you do at E-Day?

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.

After the commotion of the open house has ended, we invite you to attend one of three free tutorials we'll be giving in Marksbury beginning at 1:45 pm. CLICK HERE for details.

Is Lunch Available?

Food is not provided; however, UK’s Dining Services will have some lunch options available. Rising Roll, located in RGAN, will be open. There are also many privately-owned restaurants within walking distance of campus.

Is there an age limit?

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!


Where is it located?

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), Davis Marksbury Building (DMB), Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center (ASTeCC) and the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems (CRMS).

Where do I park?

There are several parking areas that we recommend for E-Day attendees and all are FREE!

  • Park in Parking Structure #5, located at 409 South Limestone (next to Kennedy Bookstore) and then walk across the pedway to the engineering complex.

  • Buses and other large vehicles should park in the “E / C” lot on Scott Street. Be sure to cross in the crosswalk to the main part of campus and then walk up the hill to the engineering complex

How do I get there?

Within the I-75/I-64 interchange in Fayette County, take the KY-922/AIRPORT, LEXINGTON exit 115.
From the exit take Newtown Pike toward Lexington to W. Main Street.
Turn LEFT onto West Main Street. You will drive past the Salvation Army Center and the Lexington Convention Center.
Turn RIGHT onto S. Upper Street.
After approximately ¾ of a mile, make a SHARP LEFT onto S. Limestone St. (this is where S. Upper and S. Limestone join to become two-way).
Parking Structure #5 will be on the left at 409 South Limestone Street.
Use the pedestrian bridge from the 3rd floor of the parking structure to cross over S. Limestone Street to main campus.
Then just follow the yard signs to the Engineering Complex.


All contests are “walk-up” unless noted below that they require pre-registration.

Balloon Racers

Balloon Racers sponsored by Phi Sigma Rho

Come test out Newton's Third Law of Motion while having fun and learning about our sorority! You decide your straw and balloon size, and race to see who can make the fastest balloon racer! Recommended for all ages.

Build a Lego Bridge

Sponsored by Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honors Society

Contestants will construct a bridge using only LEGO blocks. All materials needed for construction will be provided. Contestants will label their bridge with their name, email and contact phone number. The bridges will then be tested to see how much weight they are able to hold; weight will be added in slowly applied increments until the bridge fails. Failure is defined as the bridge no longer being able to span the 10 inch gap. The contestant whose bridge is able to hold the highest load will win a prize! Recommended for all ages.

Coal Loading Contest

Sponsored by Department of Mining Engineering

Contestants will compete to see who can load the most coal into a dump truck using a remote controlled front-end loader. The material will weighed and the person with the most material loaded after one and a half minutes wins. Recommended for all ages.

Drive a Train!

Sponsored by by RailCats

Several train simulations will be set up around the lab. At one station, participants can "drive" the train they see on the screen and hook up to train cars by using a controller. At another station, participants can watch a model train and guess the speed of a scaled up version of the train. There will be several other model trains on display, as well as students using technology used in their research to teach participants. Recommended for all ages.

ECE Passport

Sponsored by the Department of Electrical and Chemical Engineering

Contestants will receive a “passport.” Get your passport stamped at every ECE exhibit and return it to the ECE Office (F Paul Anderson Tower Room 453). Winner(s) will be drawn from all completed passports entered. Recommended for all ages.

Edible Car Contest

Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Student Chapter

Student must be 12 years or under. There will be three age groups for the contest: 5 and under, 6-8, and 9-12. The car must be generally smaller than 12″ x 12″ x 12″ and roll freely. Materials used to build the car should be entirely edible. However, there will be exceptions made for things such as banana peels, which aren’t necessarily edible but are part of the raw food. All Materials will be provided. Plastic knives, forks, and spoons will be provided to aide in the building process. In ordered to be considered a ‘car’, the vehicle must have at least two (2) axles and at least three (3) wheels. Therefore, an edible motorcycle or edible unicycle won’t be allowed. Each student will be permitted one entry, and may have up to three tries to get the car to roll down the ramp. The student will be allowed to make revisions to their car between each attempt. Each car will be staged at the top of a ramp with an incline of around 35 degrees and released to roll. The distance beyond the end of the ramp the car travels will be measured and recorded. Judging and testing: At the end of the day, the car that has gone the farthest off the end of the ramp will be declared the winner. In the case of a tie, the judges will choose the winning car based on creativity, design, and tastiness. Winners will be selected in each age category. Winners need not be present to win, but if your car is in the running for a prize, please make sure we have the proper contact information. Recommended for ages 5-12.

Coal Loading Contest

Sponsored by Department of Mining Engineering

Contestants will compete to see who can load the most coal into a dump truck using a remote controlled front-end loader. The material will weighed and the person with the most material loaded after one and a half minutes wins. Recommended for all ages.

Egg Drop Crash Survivability Contest

Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter

Pre-registration required. Please check back in late January or early February for the registration details. The objective of the Egg Drop Contest is to design a container in which a raw egg can survive a 34-foot fall. Winning is based on lightest weight and shortest travel time. Contestants should note that more emphasis is placed on the travel time of the vehicle and the weight will be considered only in case of a tie. Remember: The egg must not break. Recommended for ages 9-18.



Lego Speed Bent Building Contest

Sponsored by Tau Beta Pi –Kentucky Alpha Chapter

Kids race to construct a Bent out of Legos provided. Recommended for all ages.

Pharmaceutical Drug Development Card Game

Sponsored by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Student Chapter

Contestants will participate in an interactive card game that will allow students to learn about the pharmaceutical drug development process from the time a drug is discovered to when it makes it to the market. Recommended for ages 13-18.

Pringles Mail-In Contest

Sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) Student Chapter

This contest is open to all K-12 students. Students will mail in an individual Pringle chip that has been packaged in any way desired, so long as it does not modify the chip and the chip may reasonably be removed from the packaging without causing damage. The goal of the contest is to keep the Pringle intact and to have the lightest package possible. Judging will be split into divisions among students with prizes awarded. The winning chip container will be determined as the lightest package with an unbroken and undamaged Pringle. Students will need to mail their packages including their name, address, school name, and year in school to:

Chance Staley
University of Kentucky
Department of Civil Engineering
161 Raymond Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0281

Recommended for all ages.

Raschig Ring Count Contest

Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Chapter

The contestants will guess the number Raschig Rings contained in a cylinder. The closest guess will win. Raschig Rings are a type of packing used in distillation column. Recommended for all ages.

Spaghetti Gumdrop Tower Competition

Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter

Contestants will build a tower using only spaghetti and gumdrops. (All materials will be provided.) Judges will measure the height of the tower as a straight line distance from base of tower to tallest point on the tower. Recommended for all ages.

Triangle Tower

Sponsored by Triangle Fraternity

This event is a tower building competition. Each participant receives a set amount of masking tape and paper. The contestant then builds a tower as tall has he or she can. Recommended for all ages.

Photos (Facebook)

View photos from past years (on Facebook).


Eventbrite - UK E-Day 2017

Contact Details

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 Shelia Williams.