The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science


In celebration of engineers "Dreaming Big," the Watson School will host a variety of events February 18-24!


  • Community Day - Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Team Trivia Night - Monday, Feb. 206:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Engineers Week Dinner - Tuesday, Feb. 215:30-8:30 p.m. (tentative)
  • Student Networking Preparation - Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Watson School Talent Show - Wednesday, February 226-8 p.m.
  • Local Alumni and Student Networking Event - Thursday, Feb. 235-7:30 p.m.

Local Alumni and Student Networking Event

At this informal event you will have the opportunity to network with alumni, students and staff; learn about what's happening in the Watson School; and visit our new facilities on campus. Register by Thursday, Feb. 16.

Community Day

The events are free and open to students of all ages in the Engineering and Science Building (ES) at the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) at 85 Murray Hill Road.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

  • Egg Drop: 10am -noon

    ITC Rotunda

    Recommended ages: 5 – 13 years old

    Creating: 10:00-10:45 a.m., Drop: 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

    Creating: 11:00 – 11:45 a.m., Drop: 11:45 – 12:00 noon

    Will the eggs survive or will they smash? Watson School students and local youth are invited to test your ability to design a container that will protect an egg during a 15-foot drop. Due to the popularity of this activity, two sessions of this activity will be held – please only attend one session. The testing and judging will be during the final 15 minutes of each hour.

    Sponsored by Pi Tau Sigma (National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)

  • Arduino Projects Exhibit: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    ITC Rotunda

    Investigate interactive projects built by our student teams using Arduino, an open-source prototyping platform. Projects include Reaction Time Tester, Fortune Teller, Simple Simon Says, Tetris, Rock Paper Scissors and Pong.

    Sponsored by EDD (Engineering Design Division)

  • Notable Black Engineers and Computer Scientists Exhibit: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Hallway to BI-1001

    An exhibit featuring 10 inventors showcases the significant legacies that black men and women have created in the engineering and computer science fields.

    Sponsored by NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)

  • SAE Vehicle Display: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    ITC ES Rotunda

    Come down and view the Mini-Baja, Super Mileage, and Formula vehicles built by Binghamton University Students. All three will be attending competitions in the spring from New Hampshire to Illinois. These are impressive engineering projects which involve mechanical, electrical and computer engineering students from the Watson School.

    Sponsored by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

  • UAS (Unmanned Ariel Vehicle) Exhibit: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    ITC ES Rotunda

    Check out the Industrial Hexcopter that has been retrofitted with a soil sampling mechanism. This years project is going to carry a silicon claw that will be able to retract up into the UAS. Prototypes and display boards will explain all the different concepts that go into designing a UAS. We will also have different UAV's on display to look at and some local experts you can talk to about the quickly evolving technology.

    Sponsored by Senior Capstone Course Groups

  • Zip-Line: 10:00 a.m. – noon

    ITC ES 2008E

    Recommended for all ages

    Create a carrier that can get a ping pong ball to the bottom of the zipline the fastest by using weights and other creative ideas.

    Sponsored by NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)

  • Kinetic Sand: 10 a.m. – noon

    ITC ES-2010

    Recommended for all ages

    Learn how to make your own batch of kinetic sand and have a magical and mesmerizing time! Find out how in maintains its shape when molded.

    Sponsored by SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers)

  • Rescue Litter: 10 a.m. – noon

    ITC ES 2008W

    Recommended Ages: 8 -11 years old

    A rescue litter is a basket used to carry injured people safely when an ambulance or helicopter cannot get to them. Using foil, popsicle sticks, sponges, and more, you can build your own mini rescue litter to snuggly carry a potato! You'll have to make sure it's safe, light weight, and not too expensive.

    Sponsored by EWH (Engineering World Health)

  • Static Powered Dancing Ghost: 10 a.m. – noon

    ITC ES Hallway near 2303

    Recommended Ages: 5 and up

    Create static electricity with a balloon and use it to make a paper ghost dance!

    Sponsored by SWE (Society of Women Engineers)

  • High Rise Activity: 10 a.m. – noon

    ITC ES 1304

    Recommended ages: 7-12 years old

    Test your engineering skills with the High Rise Challenge. With the use of newspapers and other recycled materials build the highest tower you can that can support the weight of a tennis ball. Prizes will be given to the tallest towers!

    Sponsored by Theta Tau (Professional Engineering Co-Ed Fraternity)

  • Gumdrop Structures: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    ITC Rotunda-COE

    Recommended ages: 4 years old and up

    Build a structure using toothpicks and [sweet] gumdrops to hold that [sour] textbook.  

    Sponsored by Alpha Omega Epsilon (Professional Engineering Sorority)

  • Matchbox Microphone: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    ITC ES 1006

    Recommended ages: 5 years old and up

    Create your own microphone using a matchbox and pencil leads!

    Sponsored by Sherry Towfighian from the Mechanical Engineering Department

  • Amateur Radio: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    ITC ES Hallway near 2200

    In times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, ham radio operators can swing into action assisting emergency efforts and working with public service agencies. Amateur radio operators make friends around the world and can even communicate to astronauts on the Space Station. Explore the fun of radio technology and operating frequencies used by ham radio operators.

    Sponsored by Watson IT Specialist Robert Mess and Professor Prahalad Rao.

  • 3D Printing Lab Tour: Noon – 2 p.m.

    Tour starts in ITC ES Hallway near 1500

    Tour the state-of-the-art 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, and Vehicle Simulator facilities available in the Watson School. Learn about the engineering and scientific research these novel facilities support.

    Tour lasts 15-20 mins.

    Groups of 5-6 at a time.

    Sponsored by: Xin Yong, Paul Chiarot, Frank Cardullo, and Kirill Zaychik

  • 3D Printing Pens Demonstration: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    Hallway outside ITC ES-2303

    Pick out a design and see it created with 3D printing pens.

    Sponsored by EWB (Engineers Without Borders)

  • Wind-Powered Vehicles: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    ITC ES-1304

    Recommended Ages: 5 years old and above

    Learn about the application of engineering design with natural energy.  We will provide Improve upon pre-made designs of wind-powered cars and race it against obstacles to discover the importance of evolutionary design in engineering.

    Sponsored by IEEE-EMB (Binghamton Bioengineers)

  • Car Momentum Demonstration: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

     ITC ES 2010

    Recommended Ages: 7 years old and up

    Students will be able to construct their own car out of building materials provides. Once completed, two cars will be raced down a slope with and without added weights to demonstrate how momentum affects speed and final distance traveled of a vehicle.

    Sponsored by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Cryptography: Hidden in Plain Sight: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    ITC ES Rotunda

    Recommended Ages: 8 years old and up

    Do you want to send messages that only you and your friend can read? Come to this station to discover the field of cryptography and learn how to hide messages in plain sight with the help of your own decoder wheel.

    Sponsored by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

  • Prosthetic Hands: The Way of the Future: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    ITC ES 2008W

    Recommended Ages: 9 years old and up

    Build a cardboard mockup of your own hand!

    Sponsored by AEMB (National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society)

  • Bristle Bots: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    ITC ES 1006

    Recommended ages: TBD

    Sponsored by SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)

  • Spaghetti Towers: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    ITC Rotunda-COE Link

    Recommended for all ages

    Build towers using only spaghetti and marshmallows to build the highest tower possible.

    Sponsored by Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society)

  • Mini-Catapults: 1 – 3 p.m.

    ITC ES 2008E

    Recommended ages: 5 – 10 years old

    Build a mini catapult and test it by shooting marshmallows into targets.  

    Sponsored by MCA (Mechanical Contractors Association)

  • LEGO Creationary: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

    ITC ES 1006

    Show off your skills with LEGOS! Come to play a game of Pictionary using LEGOs.

    Sponsored by EWB (Engineers Without Borders)

Last Updated: 1/9/17