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Engineering EXPO '97 Bigger than Ever


More than 90 exhibits and an expanded Robot Triathlon in the UW Field House await visitors to Engineering EXPO '97 "Dreams by Design," April 18-20.

Engineering EXPO is a biennial, non-profit, student-run event that showcases recent developments in engineering and technology, and demonstrates how those developments can be applied to everyday life. The event includes student, government and industrial exhibits, including the latest advances from Ford, IBM, and John Deere Corporation as well as many others.

The Robot Triathlon has grown so much that it had to be moved to the UW Field House. With more than $15,000 dollars in prize money at stake, this year's competition has drawn more than 38 competitors from all around the UW campus. Teams constructing robots got a head start with the creation of a new engineering course, Mechanical Engineering 491 - Competitive RC Design & Analysis, and the help of a few tireless professors and lab assistants. More than 20 teams of robot enthusiasts got the chance to develop designs through the course. Robots will compete on an obstacle courses and in games of soccer each day of EXPO.

EXPO '97 will also feature a LEGO playland and a LEGO scale model of the entire engineering campus. Professor Bassam Shakhashiri's famous chemistry show is also coming to EXPO on Student's Day, Friday April 18. Professor Shakhashiri will show the audience how "Science is Fun!" by demonstrating fundamental chemistry principles and how these principles can be applied to the world around us. This presentation will be held in 1800 Engineering Hall at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday.

In the Egg Toss Competition, individual K-8 students must devise a way to throw an egg over a volleyball net and hit a target without breaking the egg. Students create egg-protecting containers using recyclable materials, such as milk jugs, corrugated cardboard or even old baseballs. To keep the competitors warm and dry, this competition will be held indoors, in the McClain Center.

EXPO, on the engineering campus north of Camp Randall, is open to the public on April 18 (students' day) from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., April 19 from 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. and April 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $4.00 for the general public and $3.00 for senior citizens and students. Children four and under will be admitted free.