EMS Expo K-12 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 is required to participate and students must spend time prior to Expo day preparing for the contests.

Lego Smart Layout Design Competition *New for 2018!*

Design a layout for a pizza 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!

2018 Complete Rules & Sign-up Form
2018 Judging Rubric

Model Bridge Contest

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.

2018 Complete Rules
2018 Bridge Specifications
Bridge Kit Order Form

Thank you to all the schools and individuals who participated in the model bridge competition at the 2017 Expo!

Winning Results

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

2018 Complete Rules
2018 Car Kit Order Form

Winning Results

Congratulations to our 2017 winner, Ryan Schiess from Scales Mound High School with a time of 1.527 seconds!

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 awarded for fastest time and most creative design. Each competing team must utilize a UW-Platteville supplied motor ($2.00) in their design. To order a motor kit, please contact contest coordinator, Liz Holden, at holdene@uwplatt.edu.

2018 Complete Rules
2018 Order Form

Winning Results

Congratulations to our 2017 winning team, Easton Valley High School in Preston, IA! They are two-time zipline champions.