Emilie Rusch

Colorado School of Mines celebrates 89th Engineering Days 

Annual E-Days favorites, including the Ore Cart Pull and Cardboard Boat Races, are scheduled for April 13-15 
Three students in cardboard boat

Colorado School of Mines students will set aside their studies starting later today for three days of events and activities celebrating what it means to be an engineer. 

The 89th Engineering Days – or E-Days – begin Thursday, April 13 and continue through Saturday, April 15. Among the highlights of this year's celebration are the 7.5-mile Ore Cart Pull from Lakewood to Denver, the cardboard boat races down Clear Creek, and weather permitting, the return of the E-Day Fireworks. 

Students pose in front of state Capitol with MAC flag

Ore Cart Pull 

Mines students will pull an ore cart down West Colfax Avenue, all the way from Lakewood to the grounds of Lincoln Memorial Park at the foot of the State Capitol in downtown Denver, where they’ll be met by the Mines Marching Band and an official proclamation is read.  

  • When: 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday, April 14 (the group typically arrives at the Capitol around 11 a.m.) 

  • Where: West Colfax Avenue (route starts at Robb Street in Lakewood, ends at Lincoln Memorial Park in Denver) 

Cardboard boat with PCJ flag

Cardboard Boat Races 

On Saturday morning, spectators will line the banks of Clear Creek in downtown Golden to catch the engineering skills of Mines students in action: Boats made entirely of cardboard. Duct tape is allowed, but only as an adhesive, not as a waterproofing material. 

  • When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 15 

  • Where: Clear Creek (near Lions Park), Golden 

E-Days Fireworks  

After being canceled last year due to weather conditions, the E-Days Fireworks are back this year! Designed in part by Mines alumni, the fireworks show has been said to be one of the most “epic” displays of its kind. 

Weather permitting, the all-aerial fireworks display will be visible from locations around Golden. The public is also invited to watch the show from the Mines campus. Members of the public can enter Lot D (Elm Street) starting at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, April 15, with the show set to start at 9:15 p.m. 

For the full E-Days schedule of events, go to

Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

Director of Communications
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