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March 13, 2015

Engineering Open House 2015 will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on March13, 9am-4pm and March 14, 9am-3pm.

Engineering Open House is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students at the University of Illinois. The event is open to the public at no cost. Families, students, and community members are invited to come and experience the atmosphere of innovation and creativity. If you plan to bring a group of 15 or larger, we ask that you register as a field trip. If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Hansen at Check out the Visitor Guide here!

Local food lobby day
Wednesday, March 25th, is Local Food Lobby Day, when local food advocates, farmers, and citizens from across the state will come together in Springfield to encourage their legislators to support local food and farms. Issues include Cottage Food Legislation, Co-op Legislation, "Double-Up Bucks" SNAP Incentives, and Seed Law Exemptions for Seed Libraries. Learn more or register today!
The Science of Freezing Rain
Freezing rain is rain that falls through a shallow layer of cold temperatures at or below 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) near the surface. When this rain becomes supercooled, it can freeze on contact with roads, bridges, trees, power lines, and vehicles. When freezing rain accumulates, it can add a lot of weight on trees which can result in power outages and damage to homes. Freezing rain is typically the weather threat that creates the most car accidents, injuries, and deaths in winter storms. Many people can drive in the rain and snow, but when the roads become icy, it is almost impossible to drive. Just a quarter of an inch of ice can add 500 pounds of weight on trees which can easily bring them down.

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