Engineering Expo to showcase wonders of engineering for K-8 students

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

LAWRENCE — More than 2,000 elementary and middle school students are expected at the University of Kansas School of Engineering complex later this month for Engineering Expo, a two-day event designed to allow young minds to explore STEM disciplines. The event is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Engineering Complex. Sunday's event is open to the public. Monday's event is for K-8 students.

The event is focused on inspiring K-8 students with a goal of getting them excited and intrigued about engineering and science. This year’s theme is Planet Expo: Beyond Earth!

The expo will include seven competitions, including efforts to:

  • Build a volcano using a combination of baking soda, vinegar, water and soap.
  • Create water rockets that will be launched and powered using water and compressed air. Students will make a “Rube Goldberg” machine that serves the students’ home cities.

The expo will also feature more than two dozen interactive activities, including code deciphering, 3D printing, rubber band car races and electrical puzzles.

For more information and to see a full list of competitions and activities, go to