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Mizzou Engineers celebrate E-week at St. Louis Science Center

University of Missouri engineering students celebrated Engineers Week at the St. Louis St. Louis Science Center’s special event. MU students shared information about engineering with visitors — both children and adults.

University of Missouri engineering students took the opportunity to celebrate National Engineers Week, Feb. 21-27, by attending and participating in the St. Louis Science Center’s annual event. In honor of Engineers Week, the center invited organizations and universities to meet and talk with visitors — children and their families — about engineering and what it means to be an engineer. This year the Mizzou Hydrogen Car Team, Concrete Canoe Team, Electric Car Club and Formula Car Racing Team (FSAE) shared information at the event on Feb. 26 and 27.

“We wanted to represent the MU College of Engineering and promote the importance of hydrogen functioning vehicles,” Jonathan Lavallee, president of Mizzou Hydrogen Car team said.

“It brings awareness to alternative energy cars and also gets younger kids excited and interested in math and science,” Lavallee said.

Lavallee said he understands the importance of exposure to engineering at a young age. He attended a middle school next to the St. Louis Science Center, where much of the curriculum focused on math and science. Because of that exposure, he knew he wanted to be an engineer.

“Young students who get excited about our club may grow up to be the next generation of engineers,” Lavallee said.

Five Hydrogen Car team members accompanied MU engineering’s TigerGen vehicle to the Science Center event. FSAE and the Concrete Canoe team also brought their vehicles for display.

“Most people have never seen a hydrogen car. I haven’t, other than the one we constructed,” Lavallee said.

Science Center representative Danielle Stewart said she appreciates university student team participation.

“Visitors are offered the chance to learn about the interesting things engineers can create, like a hydrogen car or a concrete canoe, using their knowledge and skills,” Stewart said. “What better way to celebrate Engineer’s Week than inspiring our next generation of scientists.”

Visit the National Engineers Week web page for more information, including a message to engineers from President Obama, and details about the 2011 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering and Tehcnology March 7 -12: www.eweek.org/Home.aspx