Public Invited to Participate in Virtual STEM Education Experience
May 04, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — May 4, 2020 — The University of Idaho College of Engineering will host its virtual Engineering Design EXPO this month and invites the public to experience the ways U of I students are pushing the boundaries of science and technology.
Now in its 27th year, EXPO is the longest-running student engineering and technological innovation showcase in the Pacific Northwest.
The event, typically held on campus, welcomes hundreds of K-12 students, partners and community members to explore industry-sponsored projects designed by students. With safety a top priority this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, EXPO has been re-envisioned as a virtual event.
This year’s virtual EXPO Extended Experience is open to fifth through 12th graders now through May 21. Participants can enter to win scholarships and prizes by exploring senior projects from current U of I students and completing hands-on activities from the safety of their homes.
Students can participate in the Extended Experience online at uidaho.edu/virtual-expo.
High school students can also enter for a chance to win a $4,000 U of I scholarship, and younger students can win an iPad and other STEM-focused prizes.
“EXPO is a great opportunity for our college to engage students in STEM activities,” said Marie Wagner, U of I College of Engineering student services program coordinator. “In light of the current pandemic and the challenges posed by COVID-19, we want to keep the health and safety of our staff, students and participants at the forefront, while still offering these great opportunities for students and celebrating the hard work of our seniors.”
In addition to the Extended Experience, U of I student team projects were judged and scored May 1 during private Zoom sessions. Electronic posters are available online, and recorded presentations will be available soon.
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