Interactive science exhibits to draw 1,700 middle school students to U of M campus

NOTE: This is an invitation-only event for schools. The event is not open to the public. Media planning to attend should send an email to or to make arrangements.

WHO: 1,700 middle school students from nearly 20 schools; about 300 University of Minnesota science and engineering students
WHAT: College of Science and Engineering Expo featuring more than 30 exhibits by University of Minnesota science and engineering students aimed at engaging middle school students
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3; Exhibits—9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Raptor Show—12:45 p.m.
WHERE: Exhibits—Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis; Raptor Show—Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (03/02/2015) – A chess-playing robot, rockets, an 8-foot walking sculpture, 3-D printing, levitating objects, and a show with raptors are just a few things 1,700 middle school students from about 20 schools will see at this year’s University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Expo.

This open-house-style event will feature more than 30 interactive exhibits designed and built by hundreds of University of Minnesota science and engineering students.

The event is aimed at sparking young people’s interest in STEM fields during a critical time between elementary and high school. 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 exhibits and demonstrations that they can share with the next generation.

The event will conclude with a show by the University of Minnesota Raptor Center on the Carlson Family Stage in newly renovated Northrop.

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

For a complete listing of CSE Expo exhibits, visit

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