Please note that exhibits and locations are subject to change.
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 020
Come fly this homemade remote control glider and wing to learn about first-person view (FPV) and control surfaces on airplanes.
Alice in Software Land
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 123
Do you enjoy playing The Sims or ZooTycoon? Have you ever wanted to change the world yourself and customize it to do what you want? Meet Alice. Alice is a program that allows you to create a virtual world, with pre-made objects like people, animals, backgrounds, sounds, and things like trees, grass, and other objects you can manipulate. It is much more than a virtual world. In the background, Alice creates object-oriented code that describes the objects and their placement, movement, and actions in the world.
Balsa Model Bridge Competition
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 049 West
Students across the tri-state region have built model bridges. Watch as we test them to the breaking point.
The Big Bang
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 229
An Expo favorite! Sparks will fly, and so will cans, pennies, aluminum foil, and steel wool as electrons course through metal objects.
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 042
Work on a team to build the most efficient and buoyant boat out of aluminum foil. The team with the boat that can hold the most pennies without sinking will become the new record holder.
Bowling with Concrete
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 126
Concrete is generally thought to be very heavy, but this specially designed concrete ball is lighter than most regular bowling balls! Stop by to meet The UW-Platteville Concrete Bowling Team and learn about lightweight concrete. Show off your bowling skills and attempt to win prizes for guessing the weight of the ball or knocking down pins.
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 039
Come build your own robot! We'll use toothbrush heads, a motor, and batteries and you'll walk away with your very own bristle bot! Space is limited to the first 20 students per workshop.
Build a Model School!
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 049 East
Come get your hands dirty and build a scale model of the school that Engineers Without Borders is building in Ghana, Africa! Lay masonry block and construct scale roof trusses.
Location: Engineering Hall; Room 233
Work in a team to simulate a time study in a factory. Make your own UW-Platteville buttons to keep, all while learning about a key industrial engineering concept.
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 144
Check out this showcase of interesting demonstrations, including fire, explosions, and liquid nitrogen!
Location: Engineering Hall, First Floor Lobby
Concrete floats?! Come and see the work of the UW-Platteville Concrete Canoe Team and learn about the materials used to create the special concrete used in the canoe.
Crash Cushion Bowling
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 037
Crash cushions are used to prevent vehicles from impacting fixed objects like bridge piers, retaining walls, and off-ramp areas. They are a critical part of roadway design that saves many lives. This activity will allow participants to design and test different configurations of crash barrels to protect a vehicle from impact.
Creating Simple Software
Location: Ottensman 127
Software development has skyrocketed in recent years. There is no better time to explore the endless possibilities that lie ahead of us. Come see this step-by-step guide to creating simple software and learn about the ever-growing software industry.
Do You Want to Build a Sandcastle?
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 066
Can you determine the optimum amount of water required to make the strongest sandcastle? Stack weights onto your castle to test its strength and compete against your classmates. Learn about the importance of a strong base for roadways and building foundations.
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 116
Work in teams to design and build devices out of common materiels to protect a raw egg from a 10-foot drop. Will your egg survive?
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 045
What happens when you combine dishsoap, yeast, hydrogen peroxide, and warm water? Come and find out about this chemical reaction!
Erosion and Water Treatment
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 109
Platteville environmental engineering students will feature an interactive erosion table illustrating erosion factors and effects. Learn about how water velocity and land topography affect flow path and society. Also, put water through a "jar test" and see how we use chemicals to clean it.
Location: Engineering Hall; Room 137
FIRST Robotics is a world wide organization for high school students to learn about STEM fields through building a robot. Team 171, the Cheese Curd Herd, is the oldest team in Wisconsin - 2016 is their 22nd year. Come and learn what this program is about and see our 2016 robot in action.
Force and Statics
Location: Ottensman 106
Hang in There!
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 129A
We're talking about building bridges! We'll have examples and talk about all different bridge types. Next, grab a partner and test out the forces that act on bridges. Then the whole group will team up and make a human suspension bridge!
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 063
Not to be confused with the children's Jacob's Ladder toy, this demonstration features a High Voltage Jacob's Ladder along with several re-imagined iterations.
Location: Engineering Hall; Room 116
The Infinity Clock uses an Arduino-controlled addressable LED strip to represent the hands of a clock. A design using two mirrors creates a unique reflection pattern, producing a 3D illusion that will leave your depth perception guessing! The frame of the clock is an original design, modeled with parametric CAD and manufactured using a 3D printer. This exhibit will take you to infinity and beyond!
The Incredible Expanding Diaper
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 064
Absorbent products are all around us, but how do they work? Why does a paper towel quickly rid your counter top of spilled milk? How does a diaper keep a baby’s skin healthy and soft? Visit our exhibit for a hands-on look at the concepts of material absorbency and learn how Kimberly-Clark is using them to Lead the World in Essentials for a Better Life.
Location: Ottensman Hall; Rooms 004 & 006
Check out several interactive exhibits demonstrating engineering principles in the fields of aerodynamics, thermal imaging, additive manufacturing, thermodynamics, HVAC, and more. Build your own design out of play-dough and test its aerodynamics in a wind tunnel. See a 3-D printer in action. Learn the basics of how a refrigerator works. And more!
Internet of Things: Home Automation and Toast Preparation
Location: Engineering Hall; Room 107
Come see this home security system that incorporates motion, smoke, temperature, and toast detection. The collected data is sent to the internet and can be accessed via mobile device.
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 129
Learn the effects of an earthquake on a structure by testing how it fares on a plate of Jello! Build a small structure out of toothpicks and marshmallows, then test to see how it holds up during a simulated Jello earthquake.
Location: Ottensman Hall; Parking Lot 11
Explore the world of turbine engines through this homemade do-it-yourself project. Using an old turbocharger, we applied classroom concepts to understand real-world applications.
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 021
Come and construct your own bridge out of toothpicks and mini marshmallows. How much weight can your marshmallow bridge support?
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 124
Want to learn more about microfluidics and how important it is and will become? Microfluidic devices are used for controlling fluid movement at the microscale. There are several advantages that include reduced sample volumes and decreased analysis times. Fundamental concepts in microfluidics include laminar flow and diffusion.
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 103
Come and see a demonstration of how a miniature hovercraft is built and the scientific principals behind it. Then create your own hovercraft and test it out!
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 101
A Möbius strip is one of the interesting objects studied in Topology, an advanced math topic. To make a Möbius strip, you take a strip of paper, add a half twist, and connect it. You will discover a lot of awesomeness in this very easy construction. For starters, it is one sided! Come and make your own Möbius strip with the UW-Platteville Math Club. Explore what happens when it is cut in half, in half again, in thirds, and more. There is a good chance it isn’t what you think!
Location: Engineering Hall; Room 207
Learn about wavelength and production of sound by making a handheld musical instrument with straws.
Location: Engineering Hall; Room 243
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 112
Play with oobleck, the solid/liquid substance created by mixing corn starch and water. Make your own sample to take home.
Physics for the Future
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 230
The Society of Physics Students will be featuring three different units: Pioneer Rocketry, 3D Print Club, and Multirotor. Stop by and view demonstrations and displays of the projects that the club has been working on, and see our plans for the future.
Pioneer 600 Car Race
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 140
Come and watch high school contestants race their battery-powered cars. If you or your class would like to participate in the competition, you can view more details on the K-12 Contests and Competitions page.
Rube Goldberg Contraption Demonstrations
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 044
How many steps does it take to put candy in a dish? Come see the contraptions students made using simple machines. Elementary, middle, high school, and university students will be demonstrating their creations. If you or your class would like to participate in the competition, you can view more details on the K-12 Contests and Competitions page.
Science as Art
Location: Engineering Hall; Room 243
The Science as Art Contest celebrates the creativity of the students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with art from primary images capturing scientific phenomena or generated using scientific tools.
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 122
Come learn about polymer chemistry while making your own slime! Pay $0.50 to make different colored slime. Learn how and why the slime forms the way it does, and then take home your colorful concoction!
Society of Automotive Engineers Vehicles
Location: Ottensman Hall, Downstairs Atrium - East
Come and check out the Baja Car, Formula Car, Clean Snowmobile, and Aero RC Airplane that the Society of Automotive Engineers members have built for competitions.
Stack 'Em Up
Location: Ottensman Hall; Room 023
Come and participate in an engineering challenge! Build the tallest object you can given one cube, 10 small cups, and 20 popsicle sticks.
Location: Engineering Hall; Room 115
See the UW-Platteville Steel Bridge team's bridge which took second place in the regional competition and earned them a trip to the 2016 National Competition. Members of the team will be available to explain the design and build process that allowed their bridge to be so successful. They will also give a demonstration of how the bridge is constructed and answer questions about the bridge.
Stout Bar Circuit with Spark Gap Oscillator
Location: Ottensman 105
The stout bar circuit is a Nikola Tesla patent. Tesla intended this patent to open up electrical lighting to high frequencies. This project illustrates the possibilities of electrical energy that is all around us.
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 037
We provide the answers and you supply the questions. Contestants will participate in a transportation themed Jeopardy! quiz show. Categories include: Trains, Planes & Automobiles; Time and Distance; and Sign Sign, Everywhere a Sign. Test your knowledge of transportation and maybe you will be the next winner of Transportation Jeopardy!
Location: Outdoor Soccer Practice Fields
Pi Tau Sigma (the mechanical engineering honor society) has built a 20-foot-tall trebuchet catapult to launch a basketball the length of a football field. Learn about how the engineering design process was used in building the catapult.
Zip Line Challenge
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 230
Come and watch contestants test their self-powered systems across a zip line. The team whose system crosses the 15-meter zip line in the shortest amount of time wins! Systems must be designed and built before the day of Expo. If you or your class would like to participate in the competition, you can view more details on the K-12 Contests and Competitions page.
Print Your Own Program Booklet
The final version of the 2016 booklet is now available for download.