If you go

What: University of Colorado Engineering Design Expo

When: Saturday, noon to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory, on Regent Drive.

More info: 303-492-7222.

The University of Colorado is hosting its fall Engineering Design Expo on Saturday from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory.

More than 400 CU students, mostly freshmen, will present about 80 class projects at the semiannual engineering fair.

Some of the featured projects include a recycling jukebox that plays a song when you recycle a can, interactive video games and a 3-D puzzle.

Seven projects from a freshman engineering class were designed specifically for community members with disabilities to increase mobility and help them become more independent. They will be donated to the individuals after the expo.

Derek Reamon, co-director of ITLL and coordinator of the design expo, said that early engineering students get to see the fun and creative side of their major right away through these hands-on projects.

“This puts a fun, exciting and public ending on their design project experience,” Reamon said. “But more importantly, from an education point of view, is the reflective thinking back on the project that the expo encourages from students.”

Reamon said the expo also allows the public to see the creative side of engineering and how it can contribute to people’s everyday lives.

Community volunteers will judge the projects and winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

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