Engineering a big book giveaway

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THE Canberra division of Engineers Australia is donating copies of  its Centenary publication “A Century of Canberra Engineering” to ACT community libraries and all ACT and Queanbeyan tertiary institutions, colleges and secondary school libraries to mark this year’s Australian Engineering Week .

The week will formally be will be launched by TAMS Minister Shane Rattenbury at Civic Library on Wednesday.

The book features almost 1000 photos of Canberra’s development and reflects the contribution engineers have made to the growth of the national capital over 100 years.

Australian Engineering Week in the national capital runs from Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 8 and features a range of events open to the public.

A highlight will be the Engineering Games held on Friday and attracting more than 350 students competing for prizes for constructing the strongest spaghetti bridge, the most robust straw tower or geodesic dome, the fastest robo greyhound or the hovercraft that travels the furthest.

‘The Engineering Games are a wonderful part of Engineering Week. The enthusiasm and energy of the young people, as they bring their constructions to be tested, is contagious,” said chairman of the Canberra Division Australian Engineering Week Committee, Neil Greet.

‘They are literally lining up at the door half an hour before we open and the air is buzzing with excitement. We have entries from across Canberra’s primary and secondary schools, as well as a number of older entrants in the open category, with an expected total of 350 to 400 entries this year”, he said.

Other events during the 2013 Canberra Engineering Week include:

? Presentation of the Engineers Without Borders Challenge, featuring first year university students real-life designs to assist the community of Lautem district in Timor Leste.

? Sustainability Forum featuring a panel that will consider the design of our city, construction of our homes through to feeding our citizens in 100 years.

? Presentation on the Majura Parkway Project, which, at $288 million, is the single largest road infrastructure investment ever made in the ACT.

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