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Engineering Picnic Shows Off Technical Colleges, RSOs

From formula racing to student inventions, picnic offers much to learn

by Published: Sep 18, 2013

Hammer Time: Ferris forensic bio and pre med major Celia Robinson and Ferris mechanical engineering Lonnie Likely race to see if they can hammer a nail in to a board with a straight arm only using seven hits. Photo By: Olivia Odette | Photographer

Hammer Time: Ferris foren­sic bio and pre med major Celia Robinson and Ferris mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing Lonnie Likely race to see if they can ham­mer a nail in to a board with a straight arm only using seven hits. Photo By: Olivia Odette | Photographer

The College of Engineering Technology hosted a pic­nic on cam­pus, giv­ing many stu­dents a glimpse into a world they may not have real­ized was only a few min­utes away.

Held on Sept. 10, the pic­nic cel­e­brated the university’s more tech­ni­cal fields of study and stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions. There were com­pe­ti­tions, heavy machin­ery, inven­tions; such as an alleged gum ball clean­ing machine.

Casual brows­ing revealed a solar-powered cof­fee maker, a clap­trap Rube Goldberg machine, and Safety Man, your new local lab safety superhero.

The event served not only as an oppor­tu­nity for per­sonal achieve­ment, but also as an oppor­tu­nity for var­i­ous RSOs to show­case their wares and ser­vices. At the cen­ter of the area between the Granger, Prakken, and West build­ings, stood mul­ti­ple cars, assem­bled by the Ferris Formula SAE Team.

The orga­ni­za­tion is made up of stu­dents from a vari­ety of majors, includ­ing auto­mo­tive and weld­ing. Together they build a car and race against over 100 teams each year, includ­ing a num­ber of col­leges that have had such orga­ni­za­tions in oper­a­tion for much longer than Ferris’. The team has con­sis­tently placed near the mid­dle of the pack, no small feat against such competition.

Other orga­ni­za­tions were in atten­dance as well, includ­ing Women in Technology and The National Society for Black Engineers.

“We’re a sup­port group for minor­ity stu­dents to con­tinue in stem pro­grams: sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics. We’re try­ing to attend the regional con­fer­ence, which will be in Detroit this year. They have career fairs and sem­i­nars. Top com­pa­nies attend, and we have access to those com­pa­nies by being mem­bers nation­ally,” National Society for Black Engineers President Kyle Johnson said.

Ferris mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing sopho­more Carly Charlier was there rep­re­sent­ing Women in Technology.

“Our biggest thing is we like to take a stand for women in tech­nol­ogy. It’s mostly looked at that you’re a minor­ity… We visit dif­fer­ent facil­i­ties and we try to go to dif­fer­ent places like fac­to­ries, a hos­pi­tal that was being built. They get peo­ple more into their field, more knowl­edge,” Charlier said.

Between the busi­ness, health, sci­ence, and many other areas of cam­pus, it’s easy for stu­dents to insu­late them­selves within their small areas. Events like this pic­nic aim to change that in shar­ing the inter­est­ing things stu­dents do.