Welcome to the schools page for the 2013 Engineering Expo! Attention schools! Even though it is early, the time to begin planning for the 2013 Expo is around the corner! Here you will find information updates on the Expo and the planning that will pertain to your visit to the UW-Madison Engineering campus.
An official invitation has been mailed to all schools in the state of Wisconsin as well as schools in northern Illinois. Please be on the lookout for your invitation! Teachers registered with the Department of Public instruction will also be receiving an electronic invitation via Email.
Important Information: Expo will be held from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM each day. Schools may choose any day to attend, however target populations for each day are as follows:
Elementary and Middle School Students: Thursday, April 18th
High School Students: Friday, April 19th
General Public: Thursday, April 18th - Saturday, April 20th
Student tickets are $4.00/each and adult tickets are $6.00/each. Teachers and chaperones are FREE. Parking is included if your school arrives by bus, however, if a different mode of transportation is used public parking is available for an additional cost. Buses will be parked at East Towne Mall which is about 20 minutes away from the UW campus.
Please register on the link at the top of the page by April 1st, 2013 if your school would like to attend Expo! If your school requires any special accommodations for your attendance, please let us know as soon as possible.
It is preferred that checks be mailed as early as possible, but payment will be accepted up until the day of the event. By sending in payment early, your check-in time will be greatly reduced on the day of the event. If you do choose to pay the day you attend Expo you may pay with either a check or in cash. Please make checks out to the University of Wisconsin – Madison (Attn: Dan Osgood).
Please send prepayments to the following address:
M1002 Engineering Centers Building
Subject: School Registration Engineering Expo 2013
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Please include a note with your check stating:
1. Contacts Name.
2. School Name and District.
3. Number of students you are paying for.
4. Number of water bottles you are paying for.
If you have any questions please let me know. Thank you!
Dan Osgood - School Outreach Chair
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many students typically attend per school?
Schools bring varying numbers of students depending on how large a capacity they can handle. Sometimes schools bring only students who are going to be competing in competitions and other schools will bring an entire grade level. This all depends on what you are most comfortable with handling. There are no limitations on how many students you may bring. We would like to expose as many students as possible to engineering and science!
What is a typical group size for Expo?
You may choose to move through Expo in any group size that you would like. Some schools choose to move through Expo as an entire school and some choose to move through in small groups so that students can see what they are most interested in. It is all up to whatever the school feels comfortable with, however we typically suggest that there be a chaperone for every 10 students as there will be an upwards of 5,000 people attending Expo each day. Please keep in mind that teachers and chaperones attend Expo for free.
Is there a structure to how schools move through Expo?
Expo is completely up to the school to see what they would like. The robotics and mini competitions occur throughout the day on a first come, first serve basis. Students may either participate in the competitions or observe them as spectators. The booths and demonstrations by students, professors, and companies will be set up for the whole day and students may choose to see and interact with any and all that they would like to. The only part of Expo that has a schedule is the presentations where schools may choose whether or not they would like to attend. Schools can move through Expo and see all of these things in large or small groups based on what the groups’ interests are.
How long can we expect to attend Expo?
We ask that schools arrive for Expo at 9:00 AM. Schools typically spend the whole day at Expo as there is plenty to see and do between all of the activities.
Is lunch provided?
Expo will not be providing lunch for students. There will be a designated area for lunches to be stored however please keep in mind that this will not be refrigerated. Students may also purchase food from vendors on site or at the Engineering Deli on campus.
Where will our buses off?
The drop-off point for school buses will be 300 N Breese Terrace Madison, WI 53726. Buses will be given parking information the day of the event. Buses will be parked at East Towne Mall for the duration of the day. We would prefer that schools arrive at 9:00 AM. Schools may arrive at Expo as early as 8:30 AM, but Expo will not begin until 9:00 AM.
What about the weather?
Engineering Expo will continue rain or shine. Please encourage your students to bring rain equipment if the weather indicates rain. If there are any changes in locations due to weather, specific information will be provided on the day of the event.
How do the competitions work?
The robotics and mini competitions occur on a first come, first serve basis throughout the day. Schools can participate in as many or as few competitions as they would like. These competitions can also be either participated in or observed as spectators. Competitions require no prior preparation on the part of students other than the solar drag race car competition. The rules for this competition as well as more information on all competitions can be viewed under the competitions tab at the top of the page.