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Exhibitor Resources for Engineering Discovery Days

The exhibits at Engineering Discovery Days (EDD) inspire and motivate future engineers by engaging them in hands-on activities. This is your chance to show the community what engineers do and what engineering students are learning.

Department Exhibits

Department exhibits can be located in the EDD common area or in your department building or lab.

For Exhibits located... Register by... Notes
In the Common Area:
  • Rainier Vista
  • Drumheller Fountain
  • Grassy area between Mechanical Engineering Building and More Hall
March 25 We provide:
  • Power
  • Tents
  • Tables and chairs
In or around engineering departmental buildings April 1 You must make all arrangements for chairs, tables, tents, and power. To reserve your own space outside of a building (grassy area, etc.)
  1. Contact your building coordinator to get permission.
  2. Contact Roberta Bustamante, 206-221-7819 with the approval of the use of that space.

    Registration for the common space closes on Friday, March 25. After this date, you need to make your own arrangements. If this is an issue, please contact Clara Peterson at engrdays@uw.edu to see if a late request for common space can be accommodated.

    The registration form asks you to provide information about the exhibit:

    • Contact information.
    • Title and short description.
    • Type of exhibit (hands-on, demo, tour, poster or video).
    • If in the common area, requirements for electricity, number of tables, etc.
    • If in another location, details such as indoor/outdoor, building name and room number.

    Planning an Engaging Exhibit

    The following resources will help you design an interesting and engaging exhibit:
    Exhibit design | Engaging students | Deadlines | Safety | Contacts

    Designing an Exhibit

    Your exhibit could be a demonstration of an experiment, a workshop to teach elementary, middle or high school students how to conduct their own experiment, a fun activity that teaches principles of engineering through hands-on participation, or a poster representing research you've done.

    All exhibitors are required to register to be included in the Discovery Days program.

    Tips for Engaging Students in Grades 4-12

    Engineering Discovery Days appeals to students of all ages because of the interactive engineering-related exhibits. Successful exhibitors cite their ideas below for creating hands-on, interactive exhibits for students in grades 4-12.

    Good hands-on activities have:

    • Student Interaction
      The student handles the exhibit, tries several solutions, and creates their own understanding about it. It throws light on an idea.
    • A clear and detectable idea easily relatable to the "big picture."
    • Visual appeal through color, symbols, etc. to draw in students grades 4-8 and 9-12.
    • An interactive element.
    • A problem to solve.

    Also consider:

    • Is the exhibit interesting?
    • Can it withstand repeated handling by visitors?
    • Is it easy to repair?
    • Is it cost effective?
    • Can it be displayed in an attractive way?
    • Will this be an easy hands-on activity for students 4-8 and 9-12?
    • Will the student’s body and mind get involved with this exhibit?
    • Does it convey the idea or concept?
    • Does it have aesthetic appeal?



    Be prepared and know what to do in case of an accident or incident:

    • In case of an emergency, dial 911.
    • Escort lost children to the Loew Hall welcome booth located right outside of Loew Hall.
    • For UW personnel injuries, visit Incident Reports for incident reporting instructions.

    Coordinator Committee Contacts

    For help and more information on exhibits concerning your department, contact your departmental coordinator

    Department/Ogranization Representative (and link to email)
    A&A Chris Lum
    BioE Dianne Hendricks
    CEE Brian Kinnear
    ChemE Dave Drischell
    CSE Jenifer Pesicka
    Jeremy Munroe
    EE Pam Eisenheim
    HCDE Andy Davidson
    ISE Sheila Prusa
    ME Bill Kuykendall
    Michelle Hickner
    MSE Tuesday Kuykendall
    Tatyana Galenko
    Molecular Engineering & Sciences Paul Neubert
    Engineering Library Mel DeSart
    Clean Energy Institute Shaun Taylor
    CoE Cassie Atkinson-Edwards