Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering hosts “E-Day” on February 27, 2015. E-Day will be held in the Auburn University Student Center.
E-Day is a two-pronged event designed to be an open house for prospective engineering students and an educational resource to anyone who chooses to attend. Students in seventh to 12th grade attend E-Day to learn more about the field of engineering, and specifically, Auburn University’s nine engineering programs and resources. E-Day’s aims to attract potential students to Auburn University’s engineering program by showing students the interesting and exciting aspects engineering has.
E-Day is also an opportunity for the different engineering departments to present their current research, projects and show off new laboratory equipment.
The primary goal of E-Day is to educate prospective engineering students on what engineering is and how Auburn’s engineering programs differ from each. Each engineering department will have exhibits and displays that feature current and past projects, showing attendees what the programs can do.
“For example, mechanical engineering would show their Baja racing car, or aerospace engineering will show a rocket that was designed by the student,” Brandon Howell, senior materials engineering student and president of the Auburn Materials Society, explained.
These exhibits hope to attract and retain potential students’ interest in engineering, while giving them a better understanding of the options they have in the engineering field. Many of the exhibits and displays are interactive to give students a hands-on experience.
“Since many of [potential students] don’t know what engineering is or what engineers do, it’s rewarding to see students make a connection between subjects they are taking in school, such as math and science, and engineering. For some of them it’s the first time to see something of a hands-on application of math and science,” Bob Karcher, assistant dean of the Engineering Student Services in the Samual Ginn College of Engineering, explained.
“Typically, we have about 3,000 visitors. This includes students, parents, teachers, and other school leadership, such as counselors. The majority of the visitors are students,” Karcher said.
Karcher estimates approximately the same number of attendees this year as well.
Though many people attend E-Day, attendees will all have the opportunity to talk to current engineering students and professors as well as Auburn University representatives connected to housing, admission, scholarship and ROTC. Throughout the day there will be guided tours of the engineering college and labs.
If you or someone you know is interested in attending E-Day, they must register online to attend.
For more information on E-Day, including the schedule, directions and parking, go to http://eng.auburn.edu/outreach/k-12/eday/index.html.
Photos credited to Auburn University Engineer’s Flickr page.