The E3 Fair (Engineering, Experimentation, Exploration) was founded in 1991 under the leadership of Dr. Satish Kandlikar, Professor in Mechanical Engineering along with engineers from the local engineering societies in response to the National Engineering Week call for action. Dr. Jayanti Venkataraman, Professor in electrical engineering joined Dr. Kandlikar in his efforts in 1996. From the beginning the Fair has received support from ASME, IEEE, the Rochester Engineering Society, and RIT. This support continues today. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to participate in teams of two, three and sometimes four, following one of three options. Option I is much like a science fair where the students work on a project and present their results in a booth at the fair. Under Option II, students design and build a motorized LEGO vehicle that performs a predetermined challenge such as lift weights or move an object. In Option III students design and construct a robot that navigates through a maze of obstacle course. Local industries and engineering societies also participate in the Fair with displays. Some have hands-on experiments in which the students have a take-away they built at the booth. KGCOE faculty and students devote untold hours to organizing, fundraising, setting-up and tearing down, judging, and making it all happen. It is truly a joint effort that crosses many organizations, businesses, middle schools, and other universities in the Rochester region now participate.
For more information about this program, see the website: E3 Fair