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First-Year Engineering Design Day

First-Year Engineering Design Day (FEDD) is an end-of-year opportunity for first-year engineering student teams to showcase their design projects and compete for awards. The projects are completed as part of the E 101 – Introduction to Engineering and Problem Solving course and allow students to put core design concepts into practice during their first year while learning how to work successfully in a design team.

24th Annual First-Year Engineering Design Day
Friday, April 12, 2024

Event Details


First-Year Engineering Design Day will be held at the McKimmon Center located at 1101 Gorman Street (corner of Gorman Street & Western Blvd), just across from Central Campus. Parking is available and free.

Event Schedule

Morning Session: 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Awards will be presented from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Awards will be presented from 3:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

You’re Invited!

Parents & family members, we hope that you’ll join us for First-Year Engineering Design Day!

Thanks to our generous sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors for their support, involvement, and dedication to the future of engineering!

Visiting K-12 School Group Registration

K12 teachers are invited to bring their students to FEDD! Sign up here!

Group attendance is limited to ensure a quality experience for students. Please note that registering for the event does not mean your attendance has been confirmed.  Selected schools will be contacted on March 4, 2024 to confirm your reservation. Contact with questions. 

There are two event sessions; the Morning Session is from 9:15 am – 12:00 pm and the Afternoon Session is from 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm. K12 groups are invited to attend within 2 hour blocks during these sessions. The event will be held at the McKimmon Center located at 1101 Gorman Street (corner of Gorman Street & Western Blvd).  Parking is available and free.

Note: Lunch is on your own.

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For Students


Students should check their E101 course website to find out if their E101 section will be participating in the Morning or Afternoon Session. The McKimmon Center will be available for student setup one hour before each session.

Teams participating in the following projects will be called to competition/demonstration areas based on their E101 section number (earlier sections will be called first): Collapsible Bridge, Concrete Canoe, Textile (Fabric) Bucket, and Precision Launcher. All other projects will be visited at their booths by industry judges in no particular order. 

McKimmon Center Setup

Projects will be displayed in the largest two rooms of the McKimmon Center. Each project type has a designated area for student teams to set up. Student are free to use any table within their specified project area. Student teams will share an 8 foot table share an 8-foot table with another team. All tables will have a power strip available (please do not plan to take up more than two outlets). If your project involves water, make sure that you bring materials to ensure that your area and surrounding areas stay dry at all times (plastic, towels, etc.).


Students are responsible for transporting themselves and their projects to the McKimmon Center. Buses will be running. Unrestricted, free parking is available.

Class Conflict with FEDD?

Your team must be present in order to compete and receive credit for FEDD. If you have a class conflict with your assigned FEDD session you should utilize the FEDD Excused Absence Request Letter – with as much notice as possible – to request permission to miss your regularly scheduled class to attend FEDD with an excused absence.

It is inappropriate to ask for permission to miss class the week you plan to do so. You should approach your professor with this request with at least two to three weeks of notice, but as much notice as possible is preferred. However, if you have a major exam, test, quiz, group project assignment etc., on Design Day, you should plan to attend your regularly scheduled class and coordinate your FEDD absence with your instructor and teammates.



Hailey Queen

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