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Open House

Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th

The faculty and staff of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology cordially invite teachers, counselors, prospective students, and parents to learn more about Old Dominion's Engineering and Technology programs and facilities through our Open House, Design Contests and Womengineering events.

ODU Students: Sign up to volunteer for the Open House.

Friday's Open House

Friday's event is intended to introduce secondary school students to the field of engineering.  Engineering lab tours will provide the opportunity for attendees to witness demonstrations of the exciting ongoing research at the college.  Representatives from professional and student engineering clubs and societies will be present, as well as student projects, such as the Mini Baja Buggy and Scale Formula One Racer.

Friday's tours will depart at 9:00 am, 9:30 am, 10:00 am, and 10:30 am.  Tours have limited space, so it is critical that you pre-register

To register, click here.

For specific tour related questions, please contact Susan Craig at (757) 683-5341 or via email at scraig@odu.edu.  Questions may also be directed to Beverly Forbes, Director of Experiential Education for the Career Management Center, via email at bforbes@odu.edu.

Saturday's Schedule of Events

8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration/Check-in
8:30 am - 11:00 am Design Competitions
8:30 am - 11:00 am Hands-on Activities
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker
1:00 pm Awards Ceremony

Design Competitions
On Saturday, several engineering and technology design competitions will be held for middle and high school students.  These contests are designed to be age-appropriate and will test students' inventiveness and skill.  Competitions have limited space, so it is critical that you pre-register. You can register online or download and mail the registration form.  For competition details and rules, click here.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each contest.

Middle School Design Competitions

  • Individual Competitions
    • Egg Drop
    • Model Span Bridge 
    • Orienteering
    • Paper Airplane Toss
    • Impromptu Competitions
      • Various Creative and Estimating Exercises - No prior preparation required
  • Team Olympics
    • Engineering Obstacle Course
    • Orienteering
    • Ring Glider Toss
    • Tallest Freestanding Building

High School Design Competitions

  • Baby Baja
  • Egg Drop
  • Electric Boat
  • Model Span Bridge
  • Personal Piloted Vehicle
  • Rube Goldberg Device

Contact Information

Tours and contests have limited space so it is critical that you register.  Preference will be given to those with confirmed reservations.

Old Dominion University
Kaufman Hall, Room 214
Norfolk, VA 23529-0236
Phone 757-683-3765
Fax 757-683-5655
Email: tcumming@odu.edu