CU-Boulder student inventions to be demonstrated Saturday at Engineering Design Expo

By Staff

A deployable fire hose stand designed for the Longmont Fire Department and a heat-resistant mask designed to protect firefighters and fire victims from poisonous fumes will be among more than 90 student inventions showcased at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Engineering Design Expo on Saturday, April 26.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a wide range of student-built devices including adaptive technology for people with disabilities, Rube Goldberg machines and even hovercrafts.

The Design Expo will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory on Regent Drive south of Colorado Avenue. Projects will be exhibited both indoors and outdoors on the adjacent plaza.

The annual event is a popular educational activity for families and will showcase the work of about 350 students, including first-year engineering students as well as graduating seniors and local high school students.

Volunteers from industry, government and the community serve as judges for the Engineering Design Expo, rating each project on its originality, craftsmanship, grasp of engineering principles, effectiveness and presentation. An awards ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m., and prizes will be given to the best project in each category. Attendees can vote for their favorite project to win the “People’s Choice” award.

Free parking is available across the street in lot 436. For more information, call 303-492-7222 or go to