Technology Week introducing electric car race, more
Three new events including an Electric Vehicle Grand Prix will mark the continued growth of Technology Week, a celebration of the College of Technology's people, programs and research and their contributions to the society and world.
On April 12-18, the fourth annual Technology Week will have a variety of events for the campus, community, and alumni. The 2010 theme is "Changing Today. Improving Tomorrow."
The inaugural Electric Vehicle Grand Prix, featuring student-built cars, will be run at 1 p.m. April 18 at the Purdue Grand Prix track. Admission is free. Linked to a College of Technology course, the event is made possible by a U.S. Department of Energy grant to the Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium and involves the colleges of Technology and Engineering.
High school students can participate in the new "Think Tech!" short classes on three evenings of Technology Week to discover more about technology majors and careers. Nine sessions will be offered over three days. Students can attend one session each of the three evenings. A brochure of session information and registration information can be found at www.tech.purdue.edu/thinktech. Reservations are due April 5.
Also, throughout the week, area media will help educate the public about Tech Topics. This series of articles will illustrate how research in the college is contributing to society on a practical level. These topics also will be released daily on the college’s Web site, Twitter feed, and Facebook page.
Other public events of Technology Week are a blood drive April 13 and a tent at Spring Fest on April 17.
Other Technology Week activities include the fourth annual student leadership award reception April 12; a corporate partner day April 13; and the senior picnic and eighth annual Distinguished Technology Alumni Awards April 16. The full listing of activities is online at www.purdue.edu/techweek.