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ECU tech systems lab supervisor Leonard Palmer weighs one of several popsicle stick bridges submitted by a team of high school students at the College of Technology and Computer Science’s first-ever Engineering and Technology Day held Feb. 23. (Photos by Erica Plouffe Lazure)

Egg Toss Kicks Off Event

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

Nearly 250 middle and high school students from across the region visited East Carolina University Feb. 23 to toss eggs and build bridges.

They were also introduced to ECU’s engineering and technology programs and toured the College of Technology and Computer Science lab facilities and classrooms at the new Science and Technology Building.

Gerald Micklow, a professor of engineering and program coordinator, said he hoped the students and their teachers were introduced to ECU’s engineering and technology programs.

“A lot of high schools don’t know our engineering program exists,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll bring some awareness to all our programs and have fun at the same time.”

The program was part of National Engineering Week, and student volunteers from the Society of Automotive Engineers assisted with the tours and competition. The students were asked to work in teams to build the bridges and create containers for the eggs.

“Basically, these competitions give them the first taste of engineering,” said Micklow. “If you can throw a raw egg 30 feet and have it hit a target without breaking, or you’re building a bridge from popsicles, that’s engineering.”

This page originally appeared in the March 23, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at