Emilie Rusch

Colorado School of Mines celebrates 90th Engineering Days 

Weekend-long student tradition celebrates Oredigger spirit, what it means to be an engineer
Students paddle down creek in cardboard boat

Colorado School of Mines students are gearing up for a weekend-long celebration of what it means to be an engineer. 

Engineering Days – or E-Days – is one of the most anticipated events of the academic year, and this year is no different as Mines celebrates its 150th anniversary. 

The 90th edition of E-Days will begin Thursday, April 11 and continue through Saturday, April 13. Among the highlights of this signature student experience are the Ore Cart Pull, Cardboard Boat Races and weather permitting, E-Day Fireworks. 

Ore Cart Pull  

On Friday morning, Mines students will pull an ore cart down West Colfax Avenue, all the way from Lakewood to Sculpture Park in 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 12 
  • Where: West Colfax Avenue (route starts at Robb Street in Lakewood, ends at Sculpture Park in Denver) 

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 13 
  • Where: Clear Creek (near Lions Park), Golden  

E-Days Fireworks   

Capping the weekend’s festivities are the E-Days Fireworks on Saturday night. 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 13, with the show set to start at 9 p.m.  

Full E-Days Schedule 

For the full schedule of events, go to Mines Activities Council website

NOTE: Most E-Days events, including the Friday and Saturday night concerts, are open to Mines community members only. The following events are open to the public:  

  • Cardboard Boat Races: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday at Clear Creek (near Lions Park). Community members are welcome as spectators. 
  • E-Days Carnival: 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the D Lot (Elm Street). Kids under 12 can attend for free, all other community members are $5/person, which includes access to food trucks. Beer wristbands for 21+ are an additional $5.   
  • E-Days Fireworks: 9 p.m. Saturday (weather dependent). See details above.  
Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

Director of Communications
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