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The Egg Drop Is Back!

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February 13, 2003 :: No. 155

Egg Drop Competition

The egg drop – a competition in which high school students design a protective package to, hopefully, keep eggs from breaking when tossed off the roof of the Humanities-Social Science Building – is just one of the events scheduled for MESA Day Feb. 19.

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What: More than 350 Orange County high school students will visit Cal State Fullerton for a day of science and engineering competitions, including the egg drop event, during MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Day.
   
When: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19
   
Where: Most activities will take place in the Engineering and Computer Science Quad.
   
Events: Competitions include the popular packaged egg event, in which students design a protective package that will keep eggs from breaking when dropped from the roof of a campus building. Other events include crystal growing, balsa wood bridge testing, glider fly-off, Web design and remote-control car demonstrations. (See schedule of events that follows.)
   
Background: Cal State Fullerton’s MESA chapter is part of a statewide program designed to help educationally disadvantaged students to excel in math and science. More than 90 MESA centers throughout California provide services to more than 30,000 students from elementary through university levels. Among MESA high-school seniors, 85 percent go on to attend college. Two years ago, the statewide MESA program received one of the $100,000 Innovations in Government Awards from Harvard’s Institute for Government Innovation.
   
Media Contacts: Vonna Hammerschmitt, ECS MESA competition director, at 657-278-3195 or vhammerschmitt@fullerton.edu
Dave Reid, Public Affairs, at 657-278-4855 or dreid@fullerton.edu

MESA Day Schedule
February 19, 2003

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Registration Engineering and Computer Science Quad
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Web Scavenger Hunt Room 401
Computer Science
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Web Design Room 408
Computer Science
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Oral Presentation I Room 301
Computer Science
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Model Science Judging Room 321
Engineering
9:15 – 10:20 a.m. Air-Powered Vehicles Room 21
Engineering
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Balsa Wood Bridge Testing Room 11
Engineering
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Oral Presentation II Room 301
Computer Science
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Crystal Growing Judging Room 41
Engineering
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Remote-Controlled Cars Lawn
10:30 a.m. – noon Team Math Quest Room 321
Engineering
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Packaged Egg Drop Humanities-Social Sciences Building
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Glider Fly-off Lawn
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Model Science Questions Room 24C
Engineering
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Awards Engineering and Computer Science Quad


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