From Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology students "walking on water" to robotic demonstrations, Saint Louis University will offer an exciting glimpse into the world of engineering as part of National Engineers Week, Feb. 21-26.
Parks College will host lab experiments and other fun activities to show young people how engineering can change the world.
Monday, Feb. 21: Students admitted to Parks are invited to kick off E-Week festivities and tour the SLU campus and experience Parks College.
Faculty members and student ambassadors will take future Parks students on a tour around Parks and the Ira Inkelas Timeline.
Current Parks students also will conduct stimulating demonstrations in our state-of-the-art labs.
Future Parks students will get to experience what it's like to be in the cockpit of a regional jet in the college's state-of-the-art, full-size flight simulator.
A student experience and activity panel will be led by the current APCS President, Jessica Rozycki, and will feature current students involved in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities.
The panelists will discuss their involvement in Parks events and activities and will also talk about their experiences at SLU. The audience also will get a chance to ask any questions they may have for the students.
Tuesday, Feb. 22: The Parks Pinewood Derby will take place from 3 - 5 p.m.
Students design and build derby cars to race on the track in the rotunda of McDonnell Douglas Hall. Faculty and students compete against each other to reach the finish line.
Wednesday, Feb. 23 focuses on the engineering career path and obtaining a dream job.
Phil Ligrani, Ph.D., will provide a presentation about the graduate programs offered at Parks. Parks College Marketing Manager, Amanda Pope will talk about how to market yourself while networking, looking for a job/internship and interviewing. She will tell you what you need to know to give you the best chance at getting the job or internship of your dreams.
Additionally, an innovation jobs panel will feature representatives from a variety of engineering disciplines, discussing how to get innovative jobs, the types of jobs available and the trends that are emerging in their fields.
Thursday, Feb. 24: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
The college's chapter of the Society for Women in Engineering will host female high school students from the St. Louis area. From 10 a.m.-noon, the high school students will participate in lab experiments and flight simulators. Parks College ranks among the top 10 engineering schools with the highest percentage of female students.
Students also will participate in a scavenger hunt, searching the engineering building to answer clues related to the college's rich heritage. A timeline spans the main hallway, highlighting 80 years of history, including Air Agency Certificate No. 1.
Friday, Feb. 25: The top-three student nominees will be selected to participate in a panel and also will win a free trip to Washington, D.C.
The wining students will present their innovate projects at the student innovation panel from 11 a.m.-noon.
The day concludes with a special banquet, beginning at 5:30 p.m., to celebrate E-week. In addition to dinner, there will be raffles, games and prizes, plus entertainment.
The night includes a "Mr. Parks" pageant, in which students will compete for the title, with categories like "dress for success" and "geek chic."
Saturday, Feb. 26: The department of civil engineering will host the first ever Billiken BEAMS Competition at the West Pine Gym, involving area high school students.
This year students compete to design, construct and test the most effective bridge made out of balsa wood.
For further details on the event, visit parks.slu.edu.
More about Saint Louis University and Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
Saint Louis University is a Jesuit, Catholic university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 12,700 students. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States. Through teaching, research, health care and community service, Saint Louis University has provided one-of-a-kind education, leadership and service for 190 years.
SLU's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology is the first federally certified flight school in the nation. Rooted in a tradition of hands-on learning, Parks College has earned a worldwide reputation for its aviation and aerospace engineering programs and has emerged as a leader in biomedical, electrical, mechanical and other engineering disciplines. The college added a civil engineering program in Fall 2009 to address issues in sustainability and the rebuilding of the nation's infrastructure. It also introduced masters and doctorate programs in engineering and aviation. The college is located on the mid-town St. Louis campus, with the flight line at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Ill.