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Engineering, computing students showcase projects

Posted on April 18, 2014

A product that reduces the number of bugs that enter your home and an umanned air vehicle that observes forest fires were among projects that were part of Grand Valley’s Project Day April 17. It was hosted by the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing (PCEC).

Nearly 200 visitors from schools in the Grand Rapids area attended the event to see nearly 40 projects by Grand Valley students. The event is held in the fall and winter semesters to show K-12 students how engineering and computing is relevant to everyday life.

Paul Plotkowski, dean of PCEC, said the number of students interested in engineering and computing careers is growing. “In the fall, enrollment was nearly 1,800 students, which is a record for the college,” Plotkowski said. “Enrollment growth appears to be driven by national increased interest in STEM fields as well as growing recognition of the programs at Grand Valley.”

Other projects that were displayed at the event include, Sparky II, a 5-axis robot, and Turnstone, a mobile app that allows users to contact legislators and follow bills.

For more information about the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, visit

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