University of Vermont

Engineers Day Activities

Smart Phone Designs, Edible Cars, Wind Turbines, Passive Helicopters, Roof Trusses, and Pasta Bridges

The UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences will host Engineers Day Activities Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Vermont Air National Guard (VANG) for elementary, middle and high school students from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Students from Vermont schools will exhibit designs for Smart Phones, edible cars, wind turbines, passive helicopters, roof trusses, and pasta bridges. Certificate awards will be presented at 11:30 a.m.

  • The Smart Phone Envision everyone carrying a gadget that fills all your tech needs! Play music, surf the Web, and make phone calls, and you can also use it to do homework. Register to compete in this new challenge. Students are asked to create a design for this new Smart Phone idea and present those drawings and ideas to judges!
  • The Edible Car sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) challenges elementary and middle school students to construct moving cars from food; such as, cucumbers, hot dogs, ice cream cones, pinwheel, pasta, cookies, etc. Cars must have at least two axles and three wheels. 
  • The Wind Turbine Challenge asks middle and high school students to build a wind turbine that can lift a 1 kg. weight and can fit into a paper packing box (11"x 17.5" x 10"). Teams will be judged on the time it takes to remove the wind turbine from the box, adjust it as needed, and use it to raise a 1 kg. weight 1 meter.
  • Pasta Bridges sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for middle and high school students, challenges students to find out how bridges stay up. Bridges are made entirely from pasta and hot glue and can weigh no more than 2500 grams.
  • The Hanger Roof Truss challenges middle and high school students to design and build a model airplane hangar roof truss from wood.  Each truss will be evaluated for overall strength and efficiency.

The Vermont Air National Guard has partnered for the 6th year with The UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Science (CEMS)   to host these one-day engineering activities that celebrate and honor National Engineers Week held nationally each year in February. The Engineers Week coalition comprises more than 75 engineering, professional, and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies.  Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the coalition is dedicated to sustaining and growing a dynamic engineering profession by ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce, increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students, and promoting pre-college literacy in math and science.  Among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts, the coalition also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineering contributions to society through year-round innovative programming and celebration.

For more information regarding these one-day Engineering Day Activities visit:

Participating schools:

  • Brookfield Elementary School
  • Browns River Middle School
  • Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Colchester Middle School
  • Home School, Middlebury, VT
  • Lamoille Union High School, Hyde Park, VT
  • Mount Abraham Union High School
  • Peacham School
  • Rice Memorial High School
  • Saint Albans City School
  • St. Paul’s Catholic School, Barton, VT
  • Shelburne Community School
  • Swanton School
  • Vermont Commons, Burlington, VT

School Teams Contact: Dawn Densmore, Director, Outreach & Public Relations
UVM, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Phone: 802-656-8748