Fairfield University engineering students to demonstrate human-powered vehicle; area high school students to be honored


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Monday, June 3 at 11:30 a.m.

Fairfield University's School of Engineering and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation host the annual "Excellence in Mathematics and Science Awards" luncheon, Monday, June 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center. High school juniors from more than 17 towns, ranging from Greenwich to Milford to Danbury, will receive awards for their outstanding work in science and mathematics.

In addition, Fairfield University engineering students will demonstrate a three-wheeled, human-powered vehicle that they conceived, designed and constructed. "The Big Wheel," so nicknamed for its large, 36-inch diameter back wheel, has a metal frame similar to a bicycle's. It also features an engineered steering mechanism and power train, and with effort from its rider can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The vehicle was not as fast as some others, but placed second for design, report and presentation in a competition held May 18 through 20 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Ten other universities participated in the competition, which was meant to inspire ideas for alternatives to gas-powered vehicles.

For more information, call Public Relations at (203) 254-4190.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on May 13, 2002

Vol. 34, No. 242