The Engineering, Mathematics and Science Expo at UW-Platteville is where current college students and faculty will share their projects and open their lab spaces and classrooms to the public for interactive demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, and contests.

Youth Participants

The EMS Expo is open to students in fifth through twelfth grade. Participants will experience engineering, mathematics, and science up close through more than 50 hands-on activities, all designed to provide a glimpse into the exciting world of STEM!

Get an idea of the types of exhibits you can expect!


View previous exhibits

Contests and Competitions

The EMS Expo has organized several contests and competitions for K-12 student participants to highlight the excitement and challenges of engineering, mathematics, and science.

In most cases, an entry form and fee are required to participate, and students must spend time prior to Expo day preparing for the contests. In some cases, they can choose to participate on-the-spot on Expo day.

See previous contests and competitions:

  • Design a layout for a chocolate factory using Legos. Complete your design in advance, or on the day of Expo. Compete against other student teams. No entry fee. The most effective layout will win a prize.

    Complete Rules

  • 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 ($7.00) 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
    Bridge Specifications
    Bridge Kit Order Form

  • 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. In addition, awards are given for the most innovative design and best-looking car.

    Complete Rules and Car Kit Order Form

  • Stop by the Engineering Physics Scope-Out Challenge and use your ingenuity to build a two-lens telescope from a box of components. Correctly identify a distant object with your telescope to win prizes for yourself and your school! You do not need to sign up in advance; just stop by Engineering Hall Room 243 on Expo day.

    2019 Guidelines

Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt is a fun activity that is part of the EMS Expo. It helps students stay focused and make the most of the Expo experience.

The scavenger hunt consists of a list of questions that can be answered by visiting different activities, exhibits, presentations, and demonstrations at the Expo. Teachers are encouraged to edit the scavenger hunt questions to cover a desired breadth or depth of topics. If current UW-Platteville students would like to be involved please submit a project or exhibit.

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UW-Platteville Student Involvement

The EMS Expo would not be possible without the involvement of current UW-Platteville students. There are several ways you can get involved, either individually, with friends, or with your student organization:

Submit a project or exhibit to be eligible to win $250 in cash prizes.

Submit a project or exhibit

Please note that all of these opportunities require pre-registration and approval.

Volunteering is a great opportunity for UW-Platteville students who wish to be involved in the EMS Expo but are not part of a specific project or exhibit. If you would like to volunteer, please stay tuned for more information.