Engineers Day
Open House

February 22, 2014

Eventbrite - UK E-Day


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. 22, 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. This year, we are developing a mobile app to help you plan your day ahead of time and navigate our maze of exhibits. That might help you maximize your time. It is now 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. A complete list of contests and exhibits can be found here.

Is Lunch Available?

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 (Chick-fil-A 11am-3pm; Starbucks 10am-5pm; and Quick Stop Convenience Store 9am-3pm). 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), Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center (ASTeCC), Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems (CRMS) and the Davis Marksbury Building.

Where do I park?

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

  • Park directly in front of the Davis Marksbury Building in the “E” lot on College View Drive at Rose Street. After checking out the exhibits in the Davis Marksbury Building, you can hop on the free shuttle to the main engineering complex.

  • 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?

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.

Balloon Racers

Sponsored by Phi Sigma Rho

Balloons and straws are used to race balloons down a long hallway. Candy is given to the winner of each race. This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Engineering Passport

Sponsored by Bluegrass Society of Women Engineers and Bluegrass Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers

Participants will be given a passport that describes an adventure, but there are blanks in the story. They must visit 4 stations and complete a task in order to fill in each blank. Once they have done that, they will win a prize! This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Coal Loading Contest

Sponsored by the Society of Mining Engineers

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 a prize. This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.


Sponsored by National Society of Black Engineers

Several rounds of science, engineering and math based questions for participants to answer. In between rounds we will also be having short engineering related challenges for participants to complete that will be in a format similar to the popular game show "minute to win it." This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Lego Bridge Building Contest

Sponsored by Chi Epsilon

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 prizes! This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Lego Speed Bent Competition

Sponsored by Tau Beta Pi

This contest is in concert with the FIRST Lego League Robotics exhibition. This is a contest to see who can build a Lego model of the Tau Beta Pi Bent in the shortest time. Competitors will be shown a prototype of the Bent of Tau Beta Pi and will be timed as they build their own replica of it. Prizes will be given for the best times according to age groups. This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Catapult Contest

Sponsored by Pi Tau Sigma

Contestants get to walk up and test their skill at building a catapult out of the provided materials in the allotted time. This event will repeat every few minutes and will be judged for distance. This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Rail Yard Switching Contest

Sponsored by RailCats

Contestants will compete on a rail simulator to see who can switch the railroad cars the fastest.This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Rasching Ring Count Contest

Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

The contestants will guess the number Rasching Rings contained in a cylinder. The closest guess will win. Rasching Rings are a type of packing used in distillation column. This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Spaghetti Gumdrop Tower Competition

Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers

Judges will measure the height of the tower as a straight line distance from base of tower to tallest point on the tower. This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Spaghetti and Marshmallow Bridge

Sponsored by Kentucky Engineering Exposure Network (KYTC)

This event is for all ages. Participants will get a designated amount of dry spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. They will then design the strongest bridge that they can using the noodles as the structural members and the marshmallows as the joints. Upon completion, weights will be used to test the bridge's strength. The strongest bridge wins. This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Triangle Tower

Sponsored by Triangle Fraternity

This event is a tower building competition. Each participant receives a set amount of tape and paper. The contestant then builds a tower as tall has he or she can. This is a walk-up contest, pre-registration is NOT required.

Pringles Mail-In Contest

Sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers

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 to:

KSPE President
University of Kentucky
Department of Civil Engineering
161 Raymond Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0281

and include their name, address, school name, and year in school. The package will serve as the pre-registration for this contest.

Volcano Contest

Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Your mission is to design a volcano such that the lava will flow the closest to 18 inches from the outer edge of the volcano base. This can be accomplished by varying the volcano height, mountain slope, and the size and shape of the volcano shaft. No other materials may be used to channel the flow of the lava. Volcanoes must be built in teams of two or three individuals of any age. It is important for you to learn how to work with your peers because many projects in college and industry are group efforts. The volcanic eruption should be simulated using no more than one (1) cup of vinegar, one (1) tablespoon of baking soda, and any amount of corn starch. Pre-measured allotments will be provided for you at the competition, so do not bring your own lava materials. The volcano must be constructed at home using mostly recyclable materials (suggested construction materials: Baking Soda, Vinegar, measuring cups, disposable cups, measuring tape, towels, multi-surface cleaner). Prizes will be awarded. Pre-registration is required. Rules & Specifications


Edible Car Contest

Sponsored by Society of Women Engineers

Using completely edible components, students can create a car to race down a ramp for a prize! Ingredients and equipment will be completely furnished, but students are welcome to bring their own edible materials to assemble into a car. Items such as pretzels, cookies, carrots, candies, a variety of uncooked pasta, peanut butter, icing, bananas, crackers, marshmallows and much, much more will be provided. Creativity is a must! Students 18 years and under are permitted to enter, but the contest is geared toward middle school and elementary school level children. No pre-registration is required, simply show up on the day of the contest and build your car! Rules & Specifications

Egg Drop Crash Survivability

Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers

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. Pre-registration is required. Rules & Specifications



Free Lunch and Lecture by:
Civil Engineering Alumnus and Senior VP at Stantec, Scott Murray


Each year, as part of the E-Day celebration, the UK College of Engineering invites a notable engineer to campus to discuss the role of good communication in their career. This year, the College is delighted to welcome Scott Murray to speak on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 12pm-1pm in the Raymond Oliver Student Commons area of the Ralph G. Anderson Building. Mr. Murray holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UK. Currently the Senior Vice President at Stantec in Lexington, Mr. Murray is an authority on geographic information systems and geotechnical engineering. He has been active in Kentucky as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky, the Kentucky Geotechnical Engineering group and the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Bluegrass Branch. Nationally, he has served as a National Transportation Steering Committee member with the American Association State Highway and Transportation Officials and as National State Liaison Subcommittee chairperson with the national ACES. No RSVP is required and all are invited to the free lunch and talk.

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 Ilka Balk.