Media Advisory: Robot wars. Pumpkin chucking. Bottle rockets. Yup, it’s National Engineers Week at UB

Students prepare a robot for battle

UB students prepare a robot for combat during a previous National Engineers Week event.

Release Date: February 17, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo’s Student Union, where thousands of students gather each weekday, is a pretty boisterous place.

This week, however, it’s going to be even crazier.

That’s because engineering students are using the union and adjacent field to stage robot wars, pumpkin launches, bottle rocket tests and other activities that are part of National Engineers Week.

Media are invited to check out the events, which are designed to show that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education can lead to fun and rewarding careers. The events also promote cross-disciplinary learning, as well as interaction, among the 15 participating student engineering clubs.

Here are some event highlights:

  • Pumpkin chucking: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday (Feb. 18) at the field outside the Student Union
  • Bottle rockets: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday (Feb. 19) at the field outside the Student Union
  • Robot wars: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday (Feb. 21) in the Student Union lobby.

The presenting sponsor for Engineer’s Week is Northrup Grumman Corp. Other sponsors include: Applied Sciences Group; C&S Engineers, Inc.; Kiewit Corp.; Niagara Specialty Metals; and Turner Construction.

Media Contact Information

Cory Nealon
Director of News Content
Engineering, Computer Science
Tel: 716-645-4614
Twitter: @UBengineering