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Engineers Without Borders project lights up Grand Center


The Pulitzer Foundation, in collaboration with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, recently coordinated a community percussion project for a celebration of light and sound.

Students from Cole Elementary, Loyola Academy, Metro Classical and Academic High School, and Cardinal Ritter College Prep performed alongside percussionists affiliated with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The students' percussion instruments lit up when struck, based on a circuit designed by Frank Macke of the St. Louis Science Center and built by Engineers Without Borders, a student group from in the School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

"Sam Fok of Engineers Without Borders did a wonderful job of pulling together and coordinating Washington University students from my ESE 230 class to build the LED lights for the drums," said Professor Daniel Rode. "All in all, this was a community-service project very well done indeed. It was inspiring to see so much community outreach and volunteer effort for our city's young people."

Professor Arye Nehorai and Research Associate Ed Richter supported WUSTL Engineering students by providing advice, facilities, and supplies to build 100 electronic circuits for the drums.

"The event turned out extremely well," said Sam Fok, local outreach chair for Engineers Without Borders. "People went pretty crazy over the light up effects."

The Light Project will be available for public viewing at Grand Center through October 17.


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Engineering students Ruth Nan and Brian O'Neal were among students in Professor Dan Rode's class who collaborated with Engineers Without Borders on the light project.
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