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Media advisory: Interactive science exhibits and shows to draw 2,000 middle school students to U of M campus

Event includes flying robots, rockets, giant walking sculpture, hovercrafts, shows with explosions and more

April 23, 2014

Media Note: This is an invitation-only event for schools. The event is not open to the public.

Who: 2,000 middle school students, about 300 University students
What: College of Science and Engineering Expo featuring more than 60 exhibits and shows by University of Minnesota science and engineering students
When: Friday, April 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Northrop Plaza and Church Street, University of Minnesota East Bank Campus

MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (04/23/2014) – Flying robots, rockets, a 12-foot walking sculpture, hovercrafts and shows with explosions are just a few of the things about 2,000 middle school students will see at the first-ever University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, April 25, Northrop Plaza and Church Street, University of Minnesota East Bank Campus.

This outdoor, open-house-style event will feature about 60 hands-on projects, demonstrations and shows representing a wide variety science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. All of the exhibits were designed and built by hundreds of University of Minnesota science and engineering students who will show off their creations at the CSE Expo. Shows by University of Minnesota faculty will also feature fire and explosions during the Energy and U show, wacky physics experiments in the Physics Force show, and the science of rocketry and ballooning in a special interactive exhibit.

The new event is aimed at sparking young people’s interest in STEM fields during a critical time between elementary and high school. Middle school students attending are in grades 6-8 from nine schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The event is not open to the public.

The CSE Expo also provides numerous hands-on opportunities for hundreds of University science and engineering students who created interactive exhibits that they can share with the next generation.

The event is funded by a generous gift from Clifford I. and Nancy C. Anderson.

For a complete listing of CSE Expo exhibits, visit cse.umn.edu/expo.

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