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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.

You’re Invited!

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

23rd Annual First-Year Engineering Design Day

Spring 2023 – Friday, April 14

Competition Schedule

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, Fabric Bucket, and Precision Launcher. All other projects will be visited at their booths by industry judges. 

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.

The building will be available for setup one hour before each session.

Students should check their E 101 course website to find out what session their E 101 section will be participating in.

Questions? Please contact:

Hailey Queen

McKimmon Center Setup

Table assignments are based on the project you have completed. Please feel free to use any table within your specified project area. Most teams will 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.

Visiting K-12 School Group Registration

Visiting K-12 groups can register here.

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, etc., on Design Day, you should plan to attend your regularly scheduled class and coordinate your FEDD absence with your instructor and teammates.

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

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