Annual Event to Feature Harry Potter, Hunger Games Themes

engineering bldg students 2010 1Did you know you can move so fast you make yourself invisible? What about protecting yourself against a red-hot blowtorch or propelling objects long distances using nothing but pressure or sound waves. Visitors to the UAB School of Engineering interactive open house will have opportunities to do all these things and more.

The annual event, which will be held Sunday, March 2, 2014, will feature students from the school's five departments performing skits and conducting interactive experiments.

Faculty and students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering will follow a Hunger Games theme, showing how specially designed materials can protect you from intense heat, or how normally strong materials can shatter in intense cold. Visitors will also learn to weld metals together without using a torch or electricity, and they will be able to cast molten metal into shapes of their choosing.

In the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Harry Potter and friends will need some help to take on the evil Voldemort. Visitors will learn the importance of structural, environmental, and transportation engineering, and will use their newfound knowledge to stop the Death Eaters from taking over the Ministry of Magic.

In the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a demonstration will showcase a few principles of surveillance and motion detection, showing how a tracking algorithm can obscure objects in motion. Visitors will be filmed by a web camera but their image will not appear on the monitor until they have stood still for some time.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering will also feature imaging technology, with demonstrations including virtual immersion technology, a student-constructed robot, and various propulsion devices, such as a potato gun, air cannon, and nerf gun.

Finally, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will have demonstrations of how implant devices, tissue engineering, and other innovative products are helping shape the future.

The public is invited to attend all events from 1-3 p.m. in the Business-Engineering Complex, 1150 10th Ave. South. Private tours for Central Alabama school groups will be held March 3 and March 4.