Competitions

Welcome to the competitions page for Engineering Expo 2015!   Here you will find all the latest information about the exciting, hands on, games and competitions that will be hosted at Engineering Expo 2015. The purpose of these competitions is to allow students from all grades to get a taste of what scientists and engineers do on a daily basis. All Competitions will be offered on Thursday and Friday of Expo and selected competitions will be offered on Saturday.

Competitions For Engineering Expo Include: 


Mini Competitions-These games do not require any preparation by students. More specific information will be available closer to the dates of Expo.

Static Electricity Soda Can Dash: Students pair up in groups and race pop cans across a table pulling them only by the force from a changed balloon.

Tie Dye Pendulum: Have fun playing with “tie dye” while seeing how a pendulum works.

Marble Mania: Students work in teams to design a marble run to launch a marble into a certain target.

Bridge Building: Students try to build a bridge out of the given materials which holds most amount of weight in a toy dump truck that can drive across it.

Catapult Challenge (grades 9-12): Students build a catapult that can throw a projectile the furthest distance.

Get the Signal: Students design and build a circuit that is used to transmit a message between teammates.


Professional Competition- This game requires students to prepare a device before attending Expo. Registration for the competition is required.

Solar Car Drag Race (grades 6-12): Students construct a solar powered vehicle prior to the competition that can traverse a given distance in the fastest time. The cars will all use a specified solar panel to help eliminate monetary advantages.

The official rules for this competition will be posted here in the near future.


Engineering Expo will provide small prizes for the winner(s) of each event.

If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to email us at competitions@engineeringexpo.wisc.edu.    

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any costs associated with the mini competitions?

No. All materials will be provided by engineering expo.

What costs are associated with the professional competition?

Student groups wishing to participate in Solar Car Drag Race will need to purchase all components of their car independently.

Can commercially available kits or pre-made vehicles be used for the professional competition?

No. The purpose of the competition is for students to learn a little bit about the design process and scientific principles that are incorporated into devices.

How much current and voltage will be produced by the solar panel for the professional competition?

The solar panel will produce at a maximum 7 volts and 400 mA depending on how close to the light the panel is held.