USF Engineering EXPO

USF Engineering EXPO allows students hands-on fun with science, technology, engineering and math.

                                                                                                                                                                                       Video by Katy Hennig | USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2014) – School groups from across Florida enjoyed Baxter the robot, exploding volcanoes and other STEM projects at the annual University of South Florida Engineering EXPO. Students had the hands-on opportunity to experience how math and science combine to create new technologies.

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. 

During the EXPO, USF’s Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation & Robotics Technologies (CARRT) featured a robot named Baxter playing Connect Four with student visitors. The adult-sized robot with two 7-joint arms equipped with various sensors challenged the student’s skills and innovation to out smart the robot. Other exhibits included the X-Labs show, which features a music-playing Tesla coil, a fire tornado, the AIChE Nitrogen Ping Pong Ball Explosion and a simulator from Lockheed Martin.

The annual EXPO was held at the USF College of Engineering Complex on the USF Tampa campus and is sponsored by NASA, Tampa Electric Co., The Mosaic Company, Windows Campus Tour 2014, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, and Florida Concrete & Product Association.