Engineering Open House is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students at the University of Illinois. The event is open to the public at no cost. Families, students, and community members are invited to come and experience the atmosphere of innovation and creativity. If you plan to bring a group of 15 or larger, we ask that you register as a field trip.
EOH is a commonly used abbreviation for Engineering Open House
EOH 2016 will take place from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, 11 March 2016, and from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, 12 March 2016.
Visit this site here to start the process.
No you don’t! Only middle schools and high schools that plan on bringing a school bus of students need to register.
The priority deadline closes on December 27 at midnight. The final deadline closes on January 24 at midnight.
You can sign up for volunteering by going to this website.
If you are a high school or middle school group you can sign up for a tour here. Otherwise, if you are a smaller group or want an impromptu tour, we will be offering tours every hour on the hour during EOH hours (Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm), leaving from the Visitor's Booth on the south side of Grainger Library.
Please reach out to the EOH 2016 director, William Dong, through firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the "How to Register an Exhibit" section here.
Exhibits will receive initial information regarding funding allocation within the week after the final exhibit registration deadline.
An email containing information on how to reimburse your allocated funds for EOH will be sent out to exhibitors within the week after EOH 2016.
The Director of Exhibits for EOH 2016 is Noah Flynn. You may reach out to him through email@example.com.
Nope! All current UIUC students may attend Engineering Open House free of cost. We recommend carrying some money to buy food and merchandise, available at various locations across campus.
There will be plenty of locations to get food. There will be food trucks parked on Springfield between Wright and Matthews street. Additionally, visitors will be able to buy food at any of the restaurants on campus.
Yes, many of the exhibitors will be handing out free merchandise as part of their exhibit.
There will be EOH-themed merchandise for sale on the first floor of Engineering Hall, 1308 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801.
Engineering Open House offers over 250 student exhibits ranging between all fields of science and engineering. Some example exhibits from the past are the concrete crusher where a one ton block of concrete is crushed, the Formula SAE student-built cars, the dorm room fire safety demonstration, and student-built aircraft exhibits!
The Corporate Team for EOH 2016 (Komail Rizvi, Simone Pensabene, Paul Trzupek) can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a few parking options this year for EOH. You can park in lot E14 on the southwest corner of campus FREE and then take our shuttle system back to the north part of campus to enjoy all of our amazing exhibits! If you would like to pay to park closer, there is a lot owned by JSM 509 Healey St, Champaign IL where parking will be available at a rate of $1/hour. Be aware that this JSM lot only has about 40-70 spots, so you must make sure that you arrive early if you wish to pay for parking. If you find that E14 is full, lot B22 at the north end of campus will have some extra spaces. If you are coming on Saturday, several other lots around campus may have free parking if you read the signs of when the permits for the lots are enforced. However, it will save you a lot of trouble to park in E14 because that lot has already been reserved.
Shuttle buses ran by Peoria Charter will be running every 15 minutes from lot E14 to the Bardeen Quad. The shuttle will stop on the west side of the engineering quad, across the street from lot B22 north of the Bardeen Quad, and on the east side of the Bardeen Quad before returning to lot E14 to pick up more visitors. You can hop on the shuttle at any of these stops in order to travel to and from your car and exhibits!
IMPORTANT. If you are bringing a school bus full of students, you must drop your students off by the engineering quad (at the northwest corner of the Wright St and Springfield Ave intersection). This is mainly because all of the students can start their EOH experience right away and we do not want to overload our shuttles and make visitors wait. The drivers can drop the students off with their chaperones close to the engineering quad, and then they can park the buses in lot E14. The drivers can then hop on the shuttles and ride back to the Bardeen Quad.
There are spots reserved on Matthews Ave from Green St to Springfield Ave; however, these spots are reserved for Judges and EOH Officials only. We wish we could reserve everyone a spot, but that is why lots E14 and B22 have been reserved!
Since the beginning of Engineering Open House, the purpose has been to demonstrate the work of the college and the students in it. The precedent and inspiration for Engineering Open House came from individual department’s events including a physics open house in 1906, the electrical engineering show starting in 1907 and a mechanical engineering open house in 1914. A college-wide Engineering Open House, as we know it today, started in 1920 and put an end to separate department showcases, except for the Electrical Engineering Show which continued until 1942. EOH premiered in 1920 commemorating the centenary of the birth of James Watt with a little over sixty exhibits. Engineering Open House was interrupted by the war but then returned biannually in 1948. By 1952 it was an annual event with over 100 exhibits and demonstrations including the Illinois Central Railroad, the Illiac and the concrete crusher, which continues to be an exhibit today.
Engineering Open House began as an attraction for high school students and throughout the years has turned into an event for all ages. By the 1950s EOH had drawn over 13,000 visitors including students from 42 high schools, today we have twice the visitors with over 600 high schools attending. In 1954 Engineering Open House used 19 buildings and the help of over 800 students in the College of Engineering in fields such as electrical, metallurgical, mining, aeronautical, mechanical, ceramic, agricultural, civil, and chemical engineering, and physics. The number of people involved in Engineering Open House has continued to grow since its beginning, as engineering and science continue to attract minds of all ages.
Click on one of us to send an email if you have any concerns or questions and we will help you have the best EOH 2016 experience ever! Check out the full committee page to learn more.