Arrival and Parking
Saint John’s University, the site of the CSB/SJU Engineering Design Competition, is located between St. Joseph, MN, and Avon, MN, just off Interstate Highway 94. The interstate exit for St. John’s is clearly marked and the campus is visible from the exit. Competition participants should proceed toward the Bell Banner, the most visible campus landmark, and follow the counterclockwise traffic loop at the foot of the banner. The Peter Engel Science Center, where the competition will be held, is located behind the parking lot adjacent (east side) to the traffic loop.
Buses should drop off passengers at the science center, then return in the direction of the interstate exit. Park in the Flynntown parking lot located along county road 159 (west side) as you first enter the campus.
Participants arriving by car or van may also park in the Flynntown parking lot located along county road 159 (west side) as you first enter the campus.
Advisors and participants should check in as soon as they enter the science center. Registrations will be confirmed in the Pellegrene Auditorium (on the right to the end of the hall when you come in the front doors). Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m. Teachers or advisors should register students in advance.
- Check-in / Late registration 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. Pellegrene Auditorium
- Catapult competition 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. Pellegrene Auditorium
- Electromagnet Speaker 11:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Pellegrene Auditorium
- Impromptu competition 12:15 P.M. - 1:15 P.M. Pellegrene Auditorium
- Right Angler competition & Impromptu judging 1:15 P.M. - 2:45 P.M. Pellegrene Auditorium
- Awards will be given at the end of each competition
A buffet dinner is available in the St. John’s Refectory for $8.00 (which has been discounted by $1.00 for participants). Serving times are from 10:45 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. See additional information on the Refectory.
Sandwiches and lighter meals may be purchased throughout the day in Sexton Commons.
Participants bringing bag lunches may eat in room 269, but it should be pointed out that St. John’s is well known for its excellent food.
During the day, participants may visit our research sites in the physics department, visit an introductory lab in session and, weather and time permitting, join small group tours of the campus.