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Engineers on the Green Kicks Off New School Year

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Students got to play a real-life version of "Angry Birds" with stuffed toys and makeshift catapults.

San Diego, CA, Sept. 26, 2011 -- A live version of “Angry Birds,” a giant inflatable bounce house, free food. These were some of the attractions that brought together hundreds of students to Matthews Quad Wednesday for “Engineers on the Green.” The annual meet and greet event hosted by student organizations at the Jacobs School of Engineering takes place the day before classes start.

This year, students could play carnival-style games, earn tickets and win free giveaways. The Women in Computing group, which recently launched an undergraduate chapter, put on a live version of “Angry Birds,” using plush toys and makeshift catapults. Several student-run projects also were on display. IEEE showcased some of its robots, including the famous micromouse. The Human Powered Vehicle team showed off two of its vehicles. Students could also feast of tacos and corn on the cob, among other goodies.

Welcome Week activities at the Jacobs School of Engineering also included a Student Services Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in the Jacobs Hall lobby. Global TIES, the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, the Corporate Affiliates Program and the new IDEA Center, among others, set up shop in the Jacobs Hall lobby to advertise their services to incoming freshmen.

“They give you a lot of chances to meet other people and make connections,” said Mina Lai, a freshman who said she was leaning toward studying computer science.

Brandon Bonilla, a freshman from Bakersfield, said he is interested in chemical engineering. More specifically, he would like to study how chemistry can lead to the development of new renewable sources of energy.

“I’m excited to be here,” he said. “Everybody is really open and really nice.”


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A member of IEEE shows off the famous micromouse robot.
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Students got a chace to get together with friends and learn more about student organizations at the Jacobs School. 
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Ioana Patringenaru
Jacobs School of Engineering