East Carolina University (ECU) conducts Engineering and Technology Day for high school students


ecupirates.JPGAccording to an article by Amanda Karr from The Daily Reflector entitled, “Engineering Interest – Eggs fly, bridges bend at ECU Competition”, ECU posed a series on engineering challenges to local high school students to foster interest in the College of Technology and Computer Science (which includes a departments in construction management). You can read an excerpt from the article below:

“Christopher Sessoms smiled as he watched the wooden-stick bridge bend but not break.

It was holding the increasing load well, a tribute to the effort of Shemara Pittman, Sessoms’ 10th-grade classmate at Edgecombe Early College High School.

Amanda Karr/The Daily Reflector


ED HOWARD, left, an East Carolina University engineering professor, and Edgecombe Early College High School 10th-grader Christopher Sessoms watch a strength test of a wood-stick bridge.

Pittman was one of a half dozen middle and high school students who constructed bridges out of sticks and glue as part of East Carolina University’s first Engineering and Technology Day. The goal was to create the lightest bridge with the greatest load capacity. The bridge competition was the first of the day.

Sponsored by the ECU College of Technology and Computer Science, the morning also featured an egg drop competition, a tour of the Science and Technology Building and presentations from professors within the various departments of the college. Nucor Steel sponsored Friday’s event.

For the approximately 200 students from a dozen area schools, it was a chance to get a glimpse of what a future technology career could hold.”


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