TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2014) – The chance for students to have a hands-on opportunity to experience how math and science combine to create new technologies will be center stage at the annual University of South Florida Engineering EXPO, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22.
The event – staged and hosted by USF College of Engineering students – is designed for elementary and middle school ages and creates an interactive event where students can learn how scientific processes work. The EXPO is free and open to the public.
During the event, USF’s Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation & Robotics Technologies (CARRT) will feature a robot named Baxter playing Connect Four against child and student visitors. The adult-sized robot with two 7-joint arms equipped with various sensors will play the game in CARRT labs at the top of every hour. The labs are located in Room 19A of the Engineering building (ENG). A photo of Baxter is included below.
Other exhibits will include the X-Labs show, which features a music-playing Tesla coil and a fire tornado; the AIChE Nitrogen Ping Pong Ball Explosion and a simulator from Lockheed Martin. Last year, nearly 20,000 people attended the Engineering EXPO.
The EXPO will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both Friday and Saturday. Friday’s events primarily attract school groups from across Florida while Saturday’s events are a draw for local families.
All EXPO activities are at the USF College of Engineering Complex on the USF Tampa campus; parking is free in the Richard A. Beard Parking Facility on USF Beard Drive. A map of the USF Tampa campus can be found here.
The EXPO is sponsored by NASA; Tampa Electric Co.; The Mosaic Company, Windows Campus Tour 2014, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin; and Florida Concrete & Product Association.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.