BATTLE BOTS AND BOTTLE ROCKETS: It must be National Engineers Week! For six days in February, students from UB engineering clubs performed feats of calculus and physics—including pumpkin-chucking and circuit-building—while thousands of students passing through the Student Union marveled at their handiwork. Leading up to the annual event, students burned the midnight oil to design, test and finally demo their creations, which included robotic warriors programmed for destruction, spacecraft built from Legos, and a weird pool of cornstarch and water that allowed the curious to hop barefoot across its liquid-like surface. Teams competed in engineering challenges throughout the week to earn the most “E points,” illustrating how an education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields can not only make a positive impact on the world, but also lead to a seriously fun career.
THE ICE RINK COMETH: UB students play a game of broomball on the new outdoor ice rink that opened just in time for the fifth annual Winterfest celebration on Feb. 1. Student Life and Student Affairs spearheaded the rink, which replaced what was once an empty field between The Commons and Clemens Hall on UB’s North Campus.