Open House Date Set: Feb. 23
School Welcomes Technology Fans
February 8, 2002-- Artificial
hearts. Robots. Race cars. Computers that help catch criminals.
are just a few of the exciting research projects that families throughout
Virginia can visit on Saturday, Feb. 23, during the annual open
house sponsored by the University of Virginias School of Engineering
and Applied Science. The hands-on event, which runs from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Engineering Schools open house offers an opportunity for technophiles
to take a close look at the next generation of technology and talk
informally with engineering school professors and students.
programs are designed to appeal to students in middle school and
high school who are interested in pursuing careers in science, engineering
and technology. Programs include:
exhibits, such as an artificial heart that operates with magnetic
bearings, mobile robots programmed to play soccer, a Smart Travel
Lab that tracks real-time traffic jams in Norfolk, a "Legends"
racing car, wind tunnels used to design the next generation
of aircraft, and a computer operated by eye movements.
audio-visual presentation by former NASA astronaut Kathy Thornton
on the "Sights and Sounds of Space Flight," at 11
virtual tour of the inside of a microchip.
judging of the annual Virginia high school wooden bridge-building
are asked to sign up at the registration table in the A-wing of
Thornton Hall, near the front doors facing McCormick Road. Coffee
and juice will be available in the morning. In the afternoon, tours
of the school will be offered and include visits to nearby labs
officers and engineering student groups will give brief presentations
and be on hand to answer questions.
parking is available in the lots behind the Engineering School during
the day. Details and maps are available on the open house web site.
with detailed information and maps is attached.
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858