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Having fun with ECE

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Students, alumni, faculty, and friends came together for games and exciting displays at this year’s Family Fun Night. Attendees of all ages brought the EECS atrium to life in an evening of science, robots, and more.

The event highlighted the projects and work of several student teams and labs, giving kids and adults alike a chance to see ECE’s ingenuity in action. The Electric Motorcycle team showed off their previous model, a speedy machine designed for drag racing. Crowds were delighted by the optics group’s hologram, Prof. Amir Mortazawi’s wireless power display, and Project Music’s hand-made instruments. Prof. Jessy Grizzle opened the show with a walking MARLO, a jaw-dropping sight for the kids

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IMAGE:  MARLO made quite an impression when she took a stroll outside the EECS building.

Parents and children alike could put their engineering minds to the test in the spaghetti marshmellow tower challenge, chow down at the hot dog stand, let out their creative side with arts and crafts, and build cool catapaults.

The night closed with several guest performances. Angels on Call performed an a cappella set, the Revolution Chinese Yoyo/Diablo team showed off their complex choreography, and Project Music put on a rock show.

Check out photos from the evening and a full list of attractions below.

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IMAGE:  The Revolution Chinese Yoyo performers wowed the crowd with a tightly choreographed performance.

ECE’s 2016 Family Fun Night featured:

  • U-M Electric Motorcycle team
  • Amateur Radio Club
  • MARLO demonstration
  • Project Music instruments
  • Interactive robot from Black Frog Robotics, from Novi, MI
  • Engineering demos, including holography, signal processing, and control systems
  • Carnival Games
  • Demos and activities from the LNF
  • Temporary tattoos and face painting
  • Arts and crafts and spin art
  • Toothpick marshmallow challenge
  • Catapault challenge
  • Indoor games, including ping pong, cornhole, and mini golf
  • Photo booth
  • Bounce house
  • Hot dog stand, pizza, and donuts
  • Performances by Angels on Call, Revolution, and Project Music
  • Kids making towers
  • Fun night activity
  • Young girl playing
  • Young girl playing
  • Kid driving a robot
  • A demonstration
  • Crafts
  • Face painting
  • Building with marshmellows
  • Group photo
Fun night collage
MARLO robot
Yo-yo demonstration
Portrait of Catharine June


Catharine June
ECE Communications and Marketing Manager

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

(734) 936-2965

3301 EECS

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