Science Catches a Wave of Interest at USD

Elementary Students to Participate in 16th Annual Walk on Water Competition

The University of San Diego holds its 16th annual Walk on Water Competition this Saturday, April 21. The event takes place from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the University’s Sports Center, located 200 yards east of the main USD entrance at the top of Linda Vista Road.

This year several teams of elementary school students are expected to join high school and college students in using wood, Styrofoam and fiberglass, and lots of duct tape, to design and construct self-propelled buoyancy “shoes” to defy the laws of gravity and race across the pool. Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the fastest times.

This fun event teaches students basic scientific and engineering design principles and is held every year to promote the field of engineering and its importance to society.

USD’s engineering program is tied for 29th in the country among engineering programs where the highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The public also is invited to view the event at no charge. It’s a chance for children to see science and engineering in action.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.