Open House
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Events schedule

College of Engineering

Build your creativity 

Engineers build their creativity through innovative design and research. Build your creativity through our displays, presentations and competitions in Durland, Fiedler, Rathbone, Seaton, and Ward halls.

Parade and opening ceremonies

Parade floats for each department, skits and the crowning of St. Patrick and St. Patricia kick off engineering’s open house beginning at noon on Friday in Bosco Plaza outside the K-State Student Union.

92 years of engineering open house

Join students in celebrating engineering at K-State at 6 p.m. on Friday in Fiedler Hall with music, food and games. 

Student displays

Browse our student showcases as they demonstrate what they’ve learned in the classroom, on design teams and working on research projects. Displays — including research on building “green,” and design projects for urban aquaculture — demonstrate how our students are building their creativity and designing for the future.

Phase IV construction 

Learn more about the College of Engineering’s expansion and how it ties into the University Engineering Initiative Act and K-State 2025 in Rathbone Hall.

Interactive department displays

Participate in a fountain wars competition, build a toolbox, join in simulations and more at interactive department displays throughout Durland, Fiedler, Rathbone, Seaton, and Ward halls.

Industrial displays

Talk to representatives from engineering companies including Garmin, Westar Energy, BNSF Railway and more. Learn how their work impacts the world.

Interactive design team displays

Watch as students from each of the department design teams demonstrate the capabilities of their quarter-scale tractor, mechatronic robots, Formula One and Baja race cars, chemical-powered vehicles, fountains, concrete canoe, steel bridge, and airplane.

Steel Bridge Team

Visit Fiedler Hall to see our steel bridge student design team and learn about the team’s quest to attend nationals for the tenth straight year!

Robotics Team

See the 2013 K-State competition robot in action as it completes a challenge. See for yourself how this completely computer-controlled robot functions in Fiedler Hall.

Powercat Motorsports Formula SAE Team

See a race car designed by K-State students and take a turn on our racing simulator in Fiedler Hall.

Chem-E Car Team

The Chemical Engineering Car Team develops small vehicles controlled by chemical reactions. Demonstrations will run throughout the day in Durland Hall. 

Sign in to computer science

Engage in interactive displays and learn about how computer science shapes the world around us in Fiedler Library. 

Urban aquaculture

Check out how biological and agricultural engineers are finding new ways to improve both food and waste systems in urban environments with an ecologically engineered tilapia aquaculture system in Seaton 142.

Pancake feed

Join biological and agricultural engineering students and faculty for a Saturday morning pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 142 Seaton Hall.

Whip’n around campus

Watch engineering students and faculty race bicycles powered by grass trimmer motors. Drag races, a maximum speed challenge and lap races will occur from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the road between Rathbone and Seaton Halls.

CanStruction food skyscraper

The students of the Structural Engineers Association of Kansas and Missouri will show off their building skills with a canned food skyscraper in Fiedler Hall.

Calling all kids

Build a toolbox with construction science and management students in Seaton Hall.

Carb car with mechanical and nuclear engineering women

Roll with the Women in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Organization and participate in their carb car competition outside of Rathbone Hall.

Splashin’ with fountain wars

Join the Fountain Wars Environmental Design Team outdoors on the west side of Seaton Hall in a fountain-powered game.

Nuclear reactor tours

See the TRIGA Mark II nuclear research reactor glow blue and visit with nuclear engineering students about the research capabilities in Ward Hall.

Live purple, build green

Construction students and graduates design for the future with eco-friendly materials and practices. Learn more in Seaton Hall. 


By the hour


Noon to 1 p.m.

Parade, opening ceremonies and crowning of St. Patrick and St. Patricia in Bosco Plaza between the K-State Student Union and Seaton Hall. 

1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Self-guided tours of displays in Seaton, Durland, Rathbone, Fiedler and Ward halls.

2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Durland Hall departmental features. 

3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Rathbone, Fiedler and Ward halls departmental features.

6 to 8 p.m.

Student celebration including food, games, and prizes in Fiedler Hall.


7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Pancake Feed in 142 Seaton Hall.

9 a.m. 

Balsa bridge building high school competition.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Student, department, design team and industrial displays throughout Seaton, Durland, Rathbone, Fiedler and Ward halls.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

Meet and greet the engineering deans in 1044 Rathbone Hall.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Whip’n around campus races, East of Rathbone Hall.

10:30 a.m.

Balsa bridge building open competition. Fiedler Hall.