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More than 1,100 Future Leaders Visit UDM for Tech Day

Over 1,100 future scientists and engineers from 28 high schools throughout metro Detroit will attend the 23rd annual Technology Discovery Day hosted by UDM's College of Engineering & Science on Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on McNichols Campus. There will be a variety of activities hosted by the College and local companies to expose students to engineering and science.

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"Competitions are meant to expand and challenge the minds of students interested in exciting career opportunities," said Pamela Rhoades Todd, director of Pre-College Programs for the College of Engineering & Science, and organizer of Technology Discovery Day, or "Tech Day."

"This is an opportunity for students to learn and to generate stronger interest in the engineering, science, technology and math fields by proving to them that science is more fun than most of us think," she added.

Tech Day 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?
  • Robotics Competition and Demo: The future is now!

Other activities for Tech Day include an Air Pressure Show sponsored by the Michigan Science Center, a Homeland Security presentation on "Using Math to Avoid Catastrophes," as well as an array of displays from local companies and departments presented throughout UDM's Engineering and Chemistry buildings as well as Calihan Hall.

An awards presentation will conclude the event at 12:15 p.m. in Calihan Hall to recognize the winners of the various competitions. Each registered high school student will receive a free Tech Day t-shirt for participating in the event.

This year, UDM is fortunate to thank Plastipak and Quicken Loans/Rock Ventures for all that they have done to make this year's event possible. Chrysler and Ford Motor Company also helped sponsor this year's Technology Discovery Day.

For more information about the event, please contact Pamela Rhoades Todd at 313-993-3374 or visit UDM's Tech Discovery Day site.

Release date: October 15, 2013

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