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Welcome to Engineering Expo!

Celebrate Engineers Week 2020 at our free event showcasing the creative problem-solving process that engineering is all about. Meet real engineers who build, invent, and impact the world around us. Find inspiration for applying your own creative abilities.

Check out these free experiences and more today!

  • Engineer in Training program
  • Drone flying and obstacle course challenge
  • Robot demos
  • Flight simulators and Virtual Reality experiences
  • MARS Rover and Baja cars
  • Bridge and circuit building
  • River and floodplain modeling and problem solving
  • Catapult target practice
  • Surgical scope and medical imaging activities
  • Rockets and engineering in Space
  • Underground imaging and radar
  • Aviation puzzles and games
  • Lasers and astrophysics activities
  • Animal habitat and enrichment engineering
Special Presentations at Energy Stage

11:15 AM Engineering 101
Nick Wnuk, Senior Technology Designer, IMEG Corp.
See how engineers design, invent, create, and solve problems to help people.

12:15 PM Mission: Artemis
Christine Nobbe, St. Louis Space Frontier
See what’s involved in the Artemis mission to get astronauts, including the first woman and next man, back on the Moon by 2024.

1:15 PM The Science Behind Black Holes
Professor Marco Cavaglia, Missouri University S&T
What exactly are black holes, and how do we study them? Come find out!

2:15 PM FIRST Robotics Primer
The Baryons 5119
Discover what it takes to be a part of FIRST robotics competition, and see how to drive a robot too!

3:15 PM Engineering 101
Nick Wnuk, Senior Technology Designer, IMEG Corp.
See how engineers design, invent, create, and solve problems to help people.

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Engineering Expo Partners and Activities

  • Investigate flood hazard modeling with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Experience flight simulators and Augmented Reality headsets with Boeing
  • Try to save Buzz Lightyear from a killer ball with Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE)
  • Find out how the Saint Louis Zoo uses engineering in animal habitat and enrichment design
  • See medical imaging in a new way with Spectra—Washington University in St. Louis
  • Learn how to see molecules in cells and other “invisible” objects using technology with Lew Lab—Washington University in St. Louis
  • Experience using a surgical scope and investigate biomedical equipment technology and careers with Gateway Biomedical Society
  • Discover how engineering is used in Space with St. Louis Space Frontier
  • Try out the Engineer in Training activities in the GROW gallery Pavilion
      • Participate in hands-on activities involving waves, lasers and astrophysics with Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Group at Missouri S&T
      • Check out an underwater robot, rockets, race cars, nuclear science and more with Missouri University of Science and Technology
      • Try out an Engineer in Training activity in Boeing South Hall


  • Build circuits and explore NXT Lego Robotics with National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)—St. Louis Gateway Chapter
  • Get a close-up look at 6’ cablestay bridges with American Society of Civil Engineers St. Louis (Younger Members)
  • See how buildings stand up to earthquakes with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ASCE Student Chapter
  • Drive robots with Maryville Science and Robotics Program
  • Fire a catapult and check out robotics and a dog tag laser printer with Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
  • Find out more about FIRST Robotics and see a live team robot demo with The Baryons 5119
  • Try your skill flying through a drone obstacle course with Saint Louis University’s Parks College
  • Try out the Engineer in Training activity in the MakerSpace gallery
  • Check out fiber optics and Virtual Reality with IMEG
  • Try to find St. Louis landmarks (and maybe your house!) on an aviation map with Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC)—Belleville, IL
  • Participate in Air Traffic Controller activities with Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association (GSLFIA)
  • Explore models of river structures and floodplain processes along the Mississippi River with US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Have a seat in a Baja car with SIUE Cougar Baja
  • Design and participate in a paper airplane challenge with Wings of Hope
  • See how ground penetrating radar works, and examine rock cores and field sampling equipment with Geotechnology, Inc.
  • Try out the Engineer in Training activity in the Ecology & Environment gallery
GROW Classroom (10am-12pm)

Preschool Science Drop In: Come get a preview of our Preschool Science Series!
Topic: Coaster Capers
Become an engineer. Design and build a roller coaster for marbles. Will your marble make it all the way down the track?
Engage in an engineering challenge designed for children ages 3-6 years old.
Explore a variety of materials and use them to create something new.
No registration needed. Visitors may drop in as space allows. Maximum occupancy: 20

Mark your calendar for upcoming SciFest events in 2020!

April 18, 2020 The Great Outdoors Expo
July 18, 2020 Mission: Mars Celebration

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Parking: Regular price at the Oakland Lot and free at the McDonnell Planetarium Lot
Location: Entire Science Center Campus


February 22
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


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