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E-Expo introduces kids to engineering

by John Karman III, communications and marketing last modified Mar 04, 2014 02:21 PM

Thirteen-year-old Xzavier Stetser usually spends his Saturday mornings relaxing or hanging out with his family.

But on Saturday, the eighth grader at Louisville’s Frederick Law Olmsted Academy North was visiting the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering, learning about a possible career in the field.

Stetser was one of more than 800 people who attended the March 1 Engineering Expo, which is put on annually by the Speed School Student Council. At the event, he and other students participated in hands-on activities that demonstrated engineering, science and math concepts, and they toured research and teaching labs in Speed School and other UofL facilities.

Attendees also were able to watch elementary, middle and high school students in various competitions, including one that tested pre-built balsa-wood bridges. And they could see Speed students showing off racing vehicles that they’ve built.

Stetser, who hopes to one day attend Speed School and become an engineer, said his favorite activity was a bottle rocket launch contest. He and his classmates at Olmsted North have been building rockets in an engineering class there.

The theme of this year’s E-Expo was “Speeding to the Next Frontier.” The goal of the event is to introduce students to opportunities available in the engineering field.

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