First Year Engineering Design Day

First Year Engineering Design Day (FEDD) is an end-of-semester 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 semester while learning how to work successfully in a design team.

You're invited!

Parents, we hope that you'll join us for the next First Year Engineering Design Day!

18th Annual First Year Engineering Design Day

medalTuesday, November 20

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 the above times you should request the FEDD excuse letter – with as much notice as possible – to request permission from your instructor to miss class in order to attend your design day competition time.

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 your teammates.

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.

Event Location

The McKimmon Center 1101 Gorman Street Raleigh, NC 27606


Competition Schedule

Specific competition times for the Hovercraft, Bubble Blowing Machine, Concrete Canoe, Fabric Bucket and the Precision Launcher projects will be available prior to Design Day; students should ask their E 101 instructors for additional information. All other projects will be judged in no particular order by a team of judges comprised of industry representatives and NC State faculty and staff. All teams must be present for the duration of their FEDD session regardless of their specific competition time.

Morning Session: 9-11:30 a.m.

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

Afternoon Session: 1-3:30 p.m.

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

K-12 and Other Groups

Groups planning to visit the event will need to register online.

Register Online Today

Questions? Please contact:

Hailey Queen