UE professor accepts birdhouse construction challenge

Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Office of Study Abroad at the University of Evansville has issued a unique construction challenge to UE civil engineering professor Mark Valenzuela. Build a birdhouse in one hour with no plans and no materials – except for whatever wood, instructions, and tools can be “won” for him by participants in a trivia contest

Both the challenge and the trivia contest are part of an event planned for Thursday, February 23, noon-1:00 p.m., in the North Lobby of the Koch Center for Engineering and Science.

The activities are designed to bring awareness to a study abroad program that will enable students to travel to Nicaragua to work with Habitat for Humanity on building a home for a family in need. 

The public is invited to attend this free event and help Valenzuela build the birdhouse by answering trivia questions. For each question answered correctly, he will receive a crucial tool or piece of information to finish the birdhouse. Attendees will also be encouraged to bet on how long it will take Valenzuela to complete construction, and the person with the closest time will receive the birdhouse.

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