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Engineering open house slated this weekend

The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Engineering and Mines will host a full slate of free family-friendly events Saturday, Feb. 25 during its annual Engineering Open House. All events start at 11 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. in the Duckering Building on the UAF campus.

Engineering students, faculty members and organizations from the fields of civil, electrical, computer, geological, mechanical, mining and petroleum engineering will host a variety of displays, interactive demonstrations and presentations geared for all ages. Visitors can pan for gold, eat electric hot dogs, watch a simulated earthquake and float marbles. The UAF steel bridge team will display the 2011 bridge. Team members will speak about the bridge’s design and the public will have a chance to tour the machine shop and watch a plasma cutter demonstration. During the open house, there will be a demonstration from the electric snowmachine team and the microgravity team.

The open house takes place in conjunction with National Engineers Week, an annual event to increase public awareness and appreciation of engineers and their work. The event is sponsored locally by the Fairbanks chapter of the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers and Flint Hills Resources. All ages are welcome.

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