Equipped with only 20 sticks of raw spaghetti, a yard of string, a yard of tape and a jumbo marshmallow, each team spent 18 minutes sketching plans and building upward in the Lender School of Business Center.
“The primary goal is to give our engineering students the opportunity to better get to know each other and other people at the university,” said Justin Kile, associate professor and interim chair of engineering. “Engineering is a challenge. This activity helps our students to better visualize the process.”
The School of Business and Engineering offers an engineering program to educate students in civil, computer software, industrial and mechanical engineering. The students in Engineering 110, the world of an engineer, are among 33 students who will be among the first at Quinnipiac to be eligible to earn bachelor of science degrees in engineering.
Mark Thompson, senior vice president for academic and student affairs, told the students that the university was fully committed to the program.
“We have a thorough understanding of your needs,” Thompson told the students as they shared pizza. “You committed to us and we are fully committed to you. We are behind you 100 percent.”
Andrew Collins, a sophomore, transferred to Quinnipiac because of the new program.
“I heard great things about Quinnipiac and about the plans for this program,” he said. “Quinnipiac has a great atmosphere and great people. I have felt comfortable here since my first visit.”
Nick Manciero, a nontraditional student, enrolled in the engineering program for its interactive nature.
“I’m very excited and glad I have this opportunity to expand my horizons,” he said.
At the end, the students won demonstrating why they were engineering majors.