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Engineering Students To Have 'Blast' At Competition

February 24, 2006

Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

WHO: Mercer University engineering students pair up to compete against their peers to see who can build a device to fling a ping-pong ball the farthest. The winners and runners up will receive prizes.


WHAT: The Ping-Pong Ball Blast, a competition in which teams use the ping-pong ball launchers they have designed and constructed from a kit they received from the competition's sponsors. The kits include note cards, paper clips, rubber bands, an envelope, sheets of printer paper and one roll of Scotch tape.


WHEN:   Friday, February 24, 3-5 p.m.


WHERE:  Mercer University School of Engineering Building Room 210. Use the South Campus entrance off Mercer University Drive.


WHY:  The Mercer student chapter of IEEE, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is hosting the event in conjunction with Engineers Week, Feb. 19-25. Engineers Week is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers' positive contributions to the quality of life, Engineers Week promotes recognition among parents, educators and students of the importance of a technical education.


There will be many opportunities for video and photos. Media interested in doing interviews with students or professors or getting still photographs or video should contact Mark Vanderhoek at (478) 301-4037 or (478) 952-5514.