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“Eggs-treme” Games to Challenge Drexel Engineering Students: Can an Egg Drop 34 Ft. and Make the Grade?

“Eggs-treme” Games to Challenge Drexel Engineering Students: Can an Egg Drop 34 Ft. and Make the Grade?

Philadelphia, February 13, 2009

What: “Eggs-treme” games for engineering students are coming to Drexel University for the 15th Annual Egg Glide Competition. The event will kick off Drexel’s celebration of National Engineers Week 2009. More than 40 teams of four team members participate each year. The top three will receive cash prizes. The 2009 Egg Glide competition will be tougher than ever. It has been redesigned for a greater challenge and will task students and faculty to create a device that will protect a Grade A large egg from the impact of a 34 ft. drop into a landing zone. The landing area will be 250 square feet with targets of various point values. Each team’s carrier will be dropped in the center of the area from a large boom, controlled by judges. Carriers must weigh up to 400 grams and fit into a 12x12x18 inch box. Winners will be determined by the scoring system that takes into account the weight of the carrier, the landing location and condition of the egg. Visuals: Eggs smashing on the landing zone… hundreds of students, faculty and staff cheering on the contestants… students preparing their carriers… yolk from failed transport devices… collective cheers from the crowd when the egg survives. When: Monday, February 16, 2009, from noon to 2 p.m. Where: Main Court, Drexel’s Main Building (32nd and Chestnut Streets) Background: Drexel’s undergraduate engineering program is the largest among the nation’s private colleges and universities. ### News Media Contact: Niki Gianakaris, Assistant Director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu Elizabeth Brachelli, Public Relations Coordinator, College of Engineering 215- 895-6454 or ebrachelli@coe.drexel.edu