CMUSV Celebrates Carnival West-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

CMUSV Celebrates Carnival West-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

CMUSV Celebrates Carnival West

Kids paint the Fence at Carnival West
Kids paint the Fence at Carnival West

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley (CMUSV) hosted its very first Carnival (West) event in conjunction with the tradition of Carnival back at the main campus in Pittsburgh. Alumni, friends and families were welcomed to our campus for a fun-filled day of activities.

We featured footage of the Sweepstakes Buggy event from the main campus streamed using CMUTV and offered LEGO Buggy Races here on our campus. Children of all ages were encourage to build their own buggies out of LEGOS and race them down a custom-built wooden race ramp.

Carnival games included volleyball, badminton, croquet, horseshoes, a KidZone area with coloring, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, the Carnival Express, remote controlled train, balloon animal and, of course popcorn and cotton candy. Along with carnival fun, guests were also invited to participate in our 2nd annual egg drop competition. Families and friends formed teams to construct a “parachute” from a kit containing balloons, straws, tape and other items to protect their egg from breaking. The creations were then dropped from approximately 15 feet to see whose egg would survive the fall in tact. We had two winning teams. Jason Goldsmith and his daughter Maddy had a successful parachute construction. Jason is an incoming Silicon Valley student who will be enrolling in the MS in Software Management program this fall. Josh de Cesare (CS, CIT ’96) and his daughter Sarah, had a surviving egg as well. All the participants had a great time designing, constructing and testing their parachute contraptions. We see many future engineers during these competitions and plan to continue the event annually.

Scotty, or at least a very real likeness of him, stopped by Silicon Valley to provide guests with an opportunity to have their picture taken with the official CMU mascot!

Wrapping up the day, all visitors were invited to paint the fence, another long-standing tradition of CMU. The class of 2008 generously donated the Silicon Valley fence, and this is the first year that Bay Area Alumni and their families were invited to paint it. Future students of CMU, the children of our alumni, had a great time learning the tradition of painting the fence. A cohort of 16 students from the ETC joined in the fun and “tagged” the fence with their logo.

CMUSV welcomed 66 Alumni and current students from various schools; including CIT, CFA, H&SS, MCS, SCS, ETC and the Silicon Valley; with an equal number of spouses, friends and children to its first ever Carnival event.

Thanks to our ticket sales and generous donations from visitors, we raised $291 for 2nd Harvest Japan, benefitting those effected by the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

We invite you to enjoy photos from the event on our web site. We plan to host Carnival West each year and hope to see you all there to join in the fun!

On June 9, 2012, CMUSV will celebrate a decade in the Valley and we hope those of you who visited us for Carnival will come back and find out about all of the exciting research and programs our campus has to offer.