Hundreds of High School Students Compete for Scholarships at Boston University’s Annual Design Competition

in BU In the Community, College of Engineering, News Releases
May 30th, 2003

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University’s College of Engineering will host its thirteenth annual Design Competition, a vehicle-design competition for high school students throughout the Northeast, on Sunday, June 1, 2003. More than 200 students will compete in two-person teams for partial scholarships to Boston University while learning about electrical and mechanical engineering in a fun environment.

Participants in the Design Competition will each build a small, self-powered vehicle to roll across a track carrying a hackey sack, drop the sack into a 6”x 6” hole, and return down the track passing the original starting line in less than 15 seconds. The competition will consist of four runs, a semifinal round, and a grand finale.

The vehicles used during the engineering competition are designed and made from everyday materials. Materials are limited only by the imagination of the student and in past years have included paper plates, tin cans, Lego’s blocks, and Frisbees.

The first place winners will be eligible for a $5,000 per year tuition award to BU. Second place winners will be eligible for a $2,500 per year tuition award to the University.

For more information on the competition, please call Marc Davino at 617/353-6447, or visit

EVENT: Boston University College of Engineering Design Competition

DATE: Sunday, June 1, 2003

TIME: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

PLACE: The Case Center Gymnasium
285 Babcock Street
Boston, Mass.

Note: Photographers and videographers are welcome to shoot anytime during the competition.

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