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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Students to Build Catapults from Junk Piles during NJIT Day

WHAT: New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) annual fall festival, known as NJIT Day, will feature student engineering contests, an electronic game exhibition, a battle of the bands, a barbecue, men’s and women’s soccer games, athletic games, a kid’s zone, a chili cook-off, an art exhibit on Newark’s former Pabst Brewery, a dinner show with mentalist Robert Channing and other events. 

FEATURED EVENT: Junkpile Wars: Student teams will compete in a catapult-building contest. The night before the contest, five teams will be given piles of junk – wood planks, wheels, rods, rope, bolts, baskets, etc.  For the next 18 hours, the teams will use their engineering savvy to transform these materials into old-fashioned catapults. Modeled after the TV show Junkyard Wars, the contest is called Junkpile Wars. The teams will fire bean bags from the catapults at a target placed on the campus green. A panel of NJIT deans will select the best-built and most accurate-shooting catapult.

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, from 9:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. The catapult contest takes place between 2-3 p.m. (on the campus green). 

WHO: Jack Gentul, dean of students, is the contact person for NJIT Day. Reporters and photographers can call him on his cell phone: (201) 341-1286.

WHERE: NJIT’s Campus Center, on the main quad, near the intersection of Warren and Summit streets. 


9:45 a.m.: NJIT President Robert Altenkirch welcomes alumni and guests

10 a.m.: Art Show opens

Electronic Game Expo opens

Kid's Zone opens

10:30 a.m.: Civil engineering students assemble an award-winning steel bridge 11:30 a.m.: Women's Soccer Game vs. Caldwell College

Food/beverage venues open

Young Alumni Club Chili Cookoff

12 noon: Highlander Games Procession

12:45 p.m.: Highlander Games begin

Junkpile Wars competition begins

2:00 p.m.: Academic Presentation – “Life without Boundaries: The Technology of Location Awareness,” by NJIT Professor Quentin Jones, the College of Computing Sciences.

3:00 pm: Men's Soccer Game vs. Oneonta State University - Winners of Junkpile Wars, Highlander Games and Electronic Game competitions to be announced at halftime.

5:00 p.m.: Dinner show with mentalist Robert Channing 

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.