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Outreach Programs

CBU offers a number of outreach programs pertaining to packaging, for professionals as well as students:


Packaging Seminars


Forums for discussions of various packaging related topics, these seminars are free to the public and excellent opportunities for professional continuing education. If you are a professional engineer, you will earn one professional development hour (PDH) for each seminar.

For more information, please contact Dr. Pong Malasri at pong@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3419.


Egg Drop Competition for High School Students


Each year the School of Engineering hosts several competitions for high school students, including the Egg Drop Contest. The objective of this event is to design and construct, using a set of provided materials, a container capable of protecting an egg dropped from a certain height.

For more information, please contact Dr. Asit Ray at aray@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3418.


Crate Design Competition for High School Students


Crates are used to transport goods from one location to another. Often they are stacked on top of one another, and so must be strong enough to protect their contents.

RULES

  1. The design must be constructed entirely from 1/4 inch (1/4 inch square cross section) balsa wood. Balsa wood members shall not be coated or treated in any way. Crates made from wood other than balsa wood will be disqualified!

  2. Elmer’s white glue must be used to join members. No other glue will be allowed. The glue must be placed only in the contact areas of members and excessive accumulation of glue at joints will not be allowed. Crates using glue other than Elmer’s white glue will be disqualified!

  3. Gluing members together to achieve members with larger cross sections is not allowed. Individual members with other cross sections are not allowed.

  4. The exterior dimensions of the crate are a 6 inch x 7 inch footprint and 5 inch height with an acceptable tolerance of 1/8 inch.

  5. You must include an opening of 2 inch square (clear interior spacing with 1/8 inch acceptable tolerance) on the top side of the crate. The opening can be anywhere on the top side of the crate.

  6. The crate is designed to contain a product inside, so interior bracing is not allowed.

  7. A letter from a school teacher (a parent for home school) certifying that only balsa wood and Elmer’s white glue are used must accompany each crate.

JUDGING CRITERIA

  1. After checking dimensions, the crate will be weighed on a scale.

  2. Each crate will be crushed to failure in a compression machine.

  3. The crate efficiency will be computed using the following equation: Crate Efficiency = Maximum Load (lbs.) / Crate Weight (lbs.)

  4. The crate with highest efficiency wins!

For more information, please contact Dr. Pong Malasri at pong@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3419.


Packaging Summer Programs for High School Students


This is a week-long summer program for high school students. The program includes lectures, hands-on projects, and field trips.

For more information, please contact Dr. Pong Malasri at pong@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3419.


Packaging Workshops for High School Students

This is a three-hour program for high school students.

For more information, please contact Dr. Pong Malasri at pong@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3419.