COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University's School of Engineering will host its annual egg drop competition Thursday at noon.
The egg drop coincides with National Engineers Week, and is held each year on Kretschmar Lawn, where competitors must launch a raw egg from the roof of Kretschmar Hall and have it land intact in a cast-iron frying pan 30 feet below. Past launch devices have ranged from an encasement made with expanding foam, to an egg salad sandwich.
The event, which dates back about 30 years, is free and open to community members of all ages who wish to observe or participate. Cash prizes will be awarded to entries that garner the highest scores, and for efficiency and creativity.
Also on Thursday, the School Engineering is hosting a special dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Reid Campus Center of Whitman College, in Walla Walla. Guest speaker Rick Woodbury will talk about his Commuter Cars company and the Tango electric car in his talk, "Innovative Disruption in the World of Transportation."
For more information on these events, call the School of Engineering office at 527-2765.