About the CSE Expo


Middle school students interact with a wide variety of exhibits developed by University science and engineering students. CSE Expo exhibits are open to participants from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and each school will have the option to attend a 12:45 p.m. Science Stage show before departing.

School groups from middle schools in the Twin Cities area are invited to attend an exciting day of fun and learning at the third annual University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Expo.

The CSE Expo is completely free and the College of Science and Engineering will reimburse schools for bus transportation to and from campus. This open-house-style event will feature more than 30 hands-on projects, demonstrations, and shows representing areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.

This event is not open to the public. Invited teachers must register school groups in advance. Registration will open mid-February. The event is appropriate for students in grades 6-7.

For more information, email Kelsi Klaers, CSE Outreach Coordinator, at csek12@umn.edu.

Past exhibits include:

Arcade Console
University Mad Scientists
Play video games of all kinds on a retro style console. The electronics are displayed in a clear or open back to show off the wiring, programming is discussed.

Brush Bots
Society of Women Engineers
Make fun little robots out of motors and toothbrushes!

Interactive Hydroponics
Students for Sustainability
Students learn about pollution and that not all plants need to be grown in soil. This interactive display works with plants, dyes, and sediments to explore the benefits of hydroponic farming.

Self-Building Boxes
Women in Engineering
Explore nanotechnology through this demonstration of material that folds into a cube using only heat.

Solar System in your Pocket
Astronomy Club
Experience the solar system by walking through scale model ping pong constellations and holding various weighted pop cans.