News Release

UDM Tech Day Excites Future Leaders

Over 821 future scientists and engineers from 22 high schools throughout metro Detroit will attend the 22nd annual Technology Discovery Day hosted by the University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science on Friday, Oct. 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the McNichols campus. There will be a variety of activities from the College and local companies exposing students to engineering and science.

Competitions are meant to expand and challenge the minds of students interested in fields of science and engineering. This is an opportunity for those students to learn and to generate stronger interest in the engineering and science curriculum, by proving to them that science is more fun than "most of us think."

Student Competitions

  • Catapult, How far can you fling it?
  • Egg Drop, How far can it fall before it breaks?
  • Jeopardy, Move over Alex...Teams compete on math, physics, chemistry, computers, biology and general science questions.
  • King of the Hill, Create a competition vehicle!
  • Rube Goldberg, You invent the perfect machine!
  • Screaming Contest, How loud can you scream?
  • Toothpick Bridge, How much weight can it hold?

Other activities for Tech Day include the annual Chemistry Magic Show, sponsored by the students and faculty of the University's Chemistry Club, as well as an array of displays from local companies and departments throughout the College of Engineering and Science and Chemistry buildings and Calihan Hall.

An awards presentation will wrap up the day at 1 p.m. in Calihan Hall to award the winners of the various competitions. All registered school students will receive a free Tech Day t-shirt for participating in the event.

This year, UDM is fortunate to thank BASF, Chrysler Group LLC, DENSO and Ford Motor Company for sponsoring Technology Discovery Day.

For more information about the event, please contact Pamela Todd at 313-993-3374 or go to

Release date: October 10, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.