Engineers’ Week-February 17-23

City of Watsonville Engineers will be hosting the 11th Annual Egg Drop Contest on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  The Contest is open to all.  Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. in the alley between the Civic Plaza Building at 275 Main Street and the Post Office and the contest will begin at 4:30 p.m.  For more information or contest rules, contact Maria Esther Rodriguez, Principal Engineer, 768-3112, or Murray Fontes, Principal Engineer, at 768-3117.

In the past, participants in the Egg Drop Contest included City staff, Watsonville High School students from the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement) Club, children from the City’s Science Workshop and members of the public.  Contestants are to provide a package that can hold a raw egg and prevent it from breaking when dropped from the 6th floor of the parking garage at the Civic Plaza Building.

A pessimist sees the glass half empty.

An engineer sees a glass twice as big as it needs to be.

Engineers use their imagination and analytical skills to invent, design, and build things that matter.

They are team players with independent minds who turn ideas into reality.

Many become licensed professional engineers (P.E.s) in order to better protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

By dreaming up creative and practical solutions, engineers are changing the world all the time.

Engineering has been called the “invisible” or “stealth” profession.

Everything around us and that we use every day has been engineered in some way, yet we may not see the engineers behind the scenes or know much about engineering.

Engineering is not part of our grade school education.

Many engineers whose work affects the public become licensed.

The engineering field is as varied as engineers themselves.

Engineers can design and build superstructures or delicate medical instruments.

Engineers are exploring for energy and for new worlds in space.

They are designing the environmental controls for an art museum or directing global sales of today’s hottest cars and computers.

Who knows where the next great challenges will be?

Participants and spectators await the drop of an egg.

The landing!



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