Thursday, December 15, 2011

USF Engineering Expo

The University of South Florida College of Engineering personally invites DUNCAN U. FLETCHER HIGH SCHOOL to the 40th annual Engineering EXPO! Located in USF’s engineering complex, this FREE exhibition seeks to educate K-12 students on the importance of engineering, science, technology, and math (STEM) in their lives. EXPO will be held on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th of February 2012, taking place from 9am to 4pm on both days.

Last year the USF Engineering EXPO had more than 18,000 elementary, middle and high school students in attendance. Guests have the opportunity to visit interactive booths and shows put on by over 30 USF student organizations, 15 engineering and science departments, 10 research laboratories, and many local corporations. All of our exhibits are designed to be interactive - to teach students while entertaining them. This is a great opportunity for college-bound students to learn about USF Engineering and for students of all ages to gain an interest in the fields of engineering, science, technology, and math.

Each USF student organization is encouraged to fulfill Sunshine State Standard benchmarks for K-12 students during their activity. These benchmarks and corresponding activities are posted in a scavenger hunt handout at EXPO. On Saturday, Boy, Girl and Cub Scout troops will have the opportunity for their scouts to learn and earn merit badges that will be taught on site. Blue cards, badges, and belt loops will be provided and given out to those who earn them, free of charge (for the first 300).

Popular Shows at Engineering EXPO typically include:

● Physics: The Science of Everything

● X-Labs Electric Show

● IEEE: Laser Light Show

In previous years, corporate exhibitors have included TECO Energy, NASA, Honeywell, Raytheon, and Sypris Electronics. All of these corporations offer demonstrations and activities while giving students a unique opportunity to meet with local engineers.

This year’s event will be catered by Lupton’s BBQ once again. Lunch will be from 10am-2pm and the cost for a complete meal may vary from $5-$8, depending on selections. Vegetarian options will be available. More detailed information about the catering menu will be available closer to the event date on our website, along with other important updates. T-shirts, snacks, and many different souvenirs are also available for purchase throughout the day at the EXPO store.

Please visit us online at to register now and see our FAQ if you have any questions or concerns!