K-12 Contests and Competitions

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To highlight the excitement and challenges of engineering, mathematics, and science, the Expo event organizes several contests and competitions for K-12 student participants. In most cases, an entry form and fee is required to participate and students must spend time prior to Expo day preparing for the contests. For more information, including guidelines and regulations, visit the links below.

Model Bridge Contest

Thank you to all the schools and individuals who participated in the model bridge competition at this year's Expo! The final results are available to download below. Prizes will be shipped to the winning schools by May 15.

Contestants will design and construct a two-dimensional bridge structure capable of spanning 19 inches. Each bridge must be made of UW-Platteville-supplied balsa wood ($6.00) and meet required specifications. Bridges will be tested to determine load-carrying capacity by adding weight to the point of breaking. The bridge that demonstrates the highest load-carrying capacity per unit weight is the winner.

Complete Rules
Entry Form
 

Pioneer 600 Car Race

The Pioneer 600 is a contest for high school students. Each contestant constructs and races a battery-powered car. Each car must utilize a UW-Platteville-supplied kit ($8.00) and meet required specifications. The car that travels 20 feet (600 cm) in the least amount of time is the winner! Prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place. Awards are also given for most innovative deign and best-looking car.

Complete Rules
Car Kit Order Form
 

Rube Goldberg Contraptions

Build a complex machine to accomplish a simple task. This year's goal is to design a contraption to cut a piece of paper without using a sharp edge. Contraptions should be comprised of 5-15 steps (minimum) depending on grade level.

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Register Your Contraption
 

Engineering Physics Zip Line Challenge

Create a self-powered system that conveys a motor, battery, and switch combo across a zip line. The team whose system crosses the 15-meter zip line in the shortest amount of time wins! Prizes are awareded for fastest time and most creative design. Each competing team must utilize a UW-Platteville-supplied motor ($2.00) in their design.

Complete Rules
Motor Kit Order Form

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