Engineering Open House returns to UIUC, March 11 – 12

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URBANA – “The STEM of Innovation” is theme for the 96th annual Engineering Open House (EOH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Each year during the spring semester, students from the College of Engineering lead a two day event featuring exhibits and competitions that showcase their talents. In addition to the more than 200 exhibits, this year’s EOH will be offering several new attractions, ranging from student start-up exhibits to non-Newtonian fluid demonstrations.

EOH will once again be showcasing the Midwest Robotics Design Competition and a Giant Tesla Coil concert that will light up the Bardeen Quad on Friday, March 11.

Officials say the “two-day mega event” attracts several thousand visitors each year and is the largest student run event presented at the University. Those planning to attend can download a free mobile app, created especially for the event, which includes exhibit details, maps and much more to guide visitors through the event. That app is available for download on the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store.

This year’s featured speaker is physics professor Mats Selen, who as WAND previously reported was also recipient of the 2016 U.S. Professor of the Year award.

According to EOH officials, this year’s event will include a new component: student start-up businesses. Hand-picked start-ups will be located in the basement of the Grainger Engineering Library, depicting what it truly means to be at the STEM of Innovation.

Food trucks will also be parked along Springfield Avenue during the festivities.

Parking is available and is free to the public. Directions for parking can be found on the EOH website and app. Shuttles will be present to take visitors from parking to various stops around campus.

All events and exhibits are free and open to the public. Student projects and start-up exhibits will run 9 AM – 4 PM on Friday, March 11 and from 9 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, March 12 on the Engineering Campus, just north of Green Street in Urbana.

Additional information can be found on the Engineering Open House website.

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