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Bond Theme to Star At Engineering Expo

Thursday, February 1, 2007

There's nothing covert about these operations. Engineering Expo for 2007 has been granted a license to thrill. The theme for the annual University of Kansas extravaganza is '007 Expo: Engineering Undercover.

Area students and residents -- especially those with the last name of Bond -- are invited to take part in the festivities of this two-day celebration of engineering and computer science. Expo, which is coordinated by Engineering Student Council, will be Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, during National Engineers Week.

Expo, which is free and open to the public, usually draws between 1,000 and 2,000 visitors. Students in the KU School of Engineering are already perfecting their best imitation of Q Branch, planning and implementing dozens of interactive exhibits, contests and activities for Expo visitors.

KU electrical engineering alumnus Brian McClendon, engineering director for Google Earth, will kickoff Expo activities as the keynote speaker at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Lied Center. McClendon is one of the creative forces behind the popular geographical information tool and Internet diversion. McClendon, who grew up in Lawrence, was instrumental in placing Lawrence as the opening destination of Google Earth. After McClendon's presentation, KU students, visitors and guests will reconvene at Eaton and Learned halls.

Displays and hands-on activities at Eaton and Learned are open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 24. All are welcome to view the action as the competitions for elementary through high school students unfold.

Several design contests, which begin at 11 a.m., are in the works, including

· Volcano building competition,

· Balsa flyer contest,

· Pasta bridge contest,

· Digital logic contest,

· Construct-a-car contest,

· Programming contest,

· Night vision competition,

· Rube Goldberg, and

· Spy quest scavenger hunt.

Visitors will be able to take part in a variety of themed activities. Among the dozens of hands-on activities and displays that have been at recent Expos are:

· kinematic suit to track the motion of the human body,

· make your own concrete,

· wind tunnel demonstrations,

· networked computer gaming,

· heat transfer pancake feed,

· root beer brewing,

· 3-D video cameras,

· rocket design,

· concrete canoe,

· flight simulator,

· space shuttle simulator,

· racecar simulator,

· formula-style competition racecars,

· acoustics and lighting displays, including voice and sound modulation,

· chemistry show,

· robotics, and much more.

Saturday's event also includes activities to recognize top high school seniors in the state who've indicated a desire to study engineering or computer science at KU.

Complete information about Engineering Expo, as well as contest guidelines and registration information, can be found at the

Engineering Student Council Web site

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