KU News Release

Feb. 24, 2011
Contact: Cody Howard, School of Engineering, 785-864-2936

Students from around the state to attend Engineering Expo

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LAWRENCE — Hundreds of elementary and secondary school students from around the state and region are expected at the University of Kansas School of Engineering for Engineering Expo. The event will be held Feb. 25 and 26.

The free annual event and open house challenges students to design and construct projects for use in one of 11 engineering competitions.

“The egg drop competition and pasta bridge competition are two of the traditional favorites,” said Engineering Expo co-chair Megan Ketchum, a junior in chemical engineering from Ottawa. “Students of any age can have fun with those. Anybody can design a way to try to keep an egg safe during a one-story drop, or see how much weight a bridge of pasta will support. Plus, breaking a pasta bridge is really fun.”

In addition to the competitions for K-12 students, the public is welcome to view student organization displays and demonstrations, and several professors’ labs will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Another highlight of the Expo event on Feb. 25 is a presentation from Engineering Student Council officers at 9:30 a.m. at the Lied Center on KU’s west campus.

Expo will continue from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 26, with tours and engineering displays open to the public. Topeka radio station KDVV 100.3 FM plans to broadcast live from Expo from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Two new competitions will make their debut at the 2011 Expo. Students in aerospace engineering are sponsoring a competition to design the most efficient wind turbine. And KU’s chemistry department and Chemistry Club will take part in their first Engineering Expo in several years by hosting a competition that challenges high school students to design a biodiesel fuel with the highest energy content.

Also new to Expo this year is Engineering Week, or E-Week. Organizers are planning a weeklong series of competitions for KU students on campus to coincide with National Engineers Week. It will include a scavenger hunt, paper airplane challenge and window painting.

In addition to creating, developing and innovating new devices at this year’s Expo, visitors will have the chance to see the rich history of the event. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the School of Engineering’s first Expo in 1911. To commemorate the centennial, historical photos, newspaper clippings and other items will be displayed in the Eaton Hall atrium.

“We’re trying to incorporate some of the older Expo themes, with new ideas as well,” said Ketchum. “We hope to bridge history and the future. One of the most interesting things people can see is a photo of a model of Lawrence that the civil engineering department constructed some time in the 1950s. It was about the size of a room,” Ketchum said.

Ketchum said the event has evolved over the years. In its early days, Expo was a parade through campus, with different engineering disciplines constructing floats with their latest innovations and competing for best display.

Participating schools are listed below by name, city and ZIP code.

Andover Central Middle School, Andover 67002
Argentine Middle School, Kansas City 66106
Baldwin High School, Baldwin City 66006
Baldwin Junior High School, Baldwin City 66006
Belton High School, Belton, Mo., 64012
Belton High School Freshman Center, Belton, Mo., 64012
Blue River Elementary School, Stilwell 66085
Blue Valley High School, Stilwell 66085
Blue Valley Northwest High School, Overland Park 66215
Blue Valley Southwest High School, Overland Park 66062
Blue Valley West High School, Overland Park 66085
CAPS, Overland Park 66223
Cedar Hills Elementary School, Overland Park 66085
Central Middle School, Kansas City 66102
Chase County Junior-Senior High School, Cottonwood Falls 66845
Cottonwood Point Elementary School, Overland Park 66213
Eisenhower Middle School, Kansas City 66109
Fort Riley Middle School, Fort Riley 66441
Frankfort Middle School, Frankfort 66427
Gardner Edgerton High School, Gardner 66030
Garfield Elementary School, Ottawa 66067
Harmony Middle School, Overland Park 66221
Hocker Grove Middle School, Shawnee 66203
Indian Hills Elementary School, Topeka 66614
Junction City Middle School, Junction City 66441
Lawrence Free State High School, Lawrence 66049
Lawrence High School, Lawrence 66046
Leawood Middle School, Leawood 66209
Lexington Trails Middle School, De Soto 66018
Liberty View Elementary School, Olathe 66062
Lincoln Elementary School, Independence 67301
Lincoln Elementary School, Ottawa 66067
Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, Melvern 66510
Marion County Special Education Cooperative, Marion 66861
Mater Dei Catholic School, Topeka 66606
Mill Creek Middle School, Lenexa 66227
Mill Creek Upper Elementary School, Belton, Mo., 64012
Minneapolis High School, Minneapolis 67467
Monticello Trails Middle School, Shawnee 66226
New Mark Middle School, Kansas City, Mo., 64155
Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe 66061
Ottawa Middle School, Ottawa 66067
Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School, Peabody 66866
Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Gardner 66030
Pioneer Trail Middle School, Overland Park 66210
Prairie Star Middle School, Leawood 66224
Riley County Grade School, Riley 66531
Rosedale Middle School, Kansas City 66103
Rossville High School, Rossville 66533
Royal Valley Middle School, Holton 66346
Sabetha Middle School, Sabetha 66534
Seaman Middle School, Topeka 66617
Southern Coffey County Middle School, Gridley 66852
Southwest Junior High School, Lawrence 66047
St. George Elementary School, Wamego 66547
Stanley Elementary School, Stanley 66223
Sunrise Point Elementary School, Overland Park 66224
Sunset Hill Elementary School, Lawrence 66044
Sunset Ridge Elementary School, Overland Park 66221
Timber Creek Elementary School, Overland Park 66062
Trailridge Middle School, Shawnee 66203
Turner Middle School, Kansas City 66106
Turning Point Learning Center, Emporia 66801
Twin Lakes Educational Cooperative, Clay Center 67432
Veritas Elementary School, Lawrence 66044
Wamego West Elementary School, Wamego 66547
Wellsville High School, Wellsville 66092
Wellsville Middle School, Wellsville 66092
West Junior High School, Lawrence 66049
Westmoreland Elementary School, Wamego 66547
Yeokum Middle School, Belton, Mo., 64012

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