Flying jumbo marshmallows, pyramids of drinking straws and sculpted clay “fish” will help 2,000 elementary students from 24 Wasatch Front schools understand engineering concepts during Elementary Engineering Week, March 24-28.

Hosted by the University of Utah College of Engineering, Elementary Engineering Week is open to the media but closed to the general public. These activities will be held Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28 between 9:30 a.m. and noon at the university’s Olpin Union building.

The annual event’s hands-on activities introduce students to the basic math and science that engineers use to improve lives. These principles are reinforced by contests, which include building drinking straw towers and launching marshmallows from a catapult. The contests also demonstrate engineering’s impact on daily life at a crucial moment in the young students’ educations.

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