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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. Exhibitor registration opens in January.

Department Exhibits

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

  • EDD common area. This years common areas are Rainier Vista, Drumheller Fountain, and the grassy area between MEB and More Hall. Power, tents, chairs, and tables are provided. Exhibitors must reserve a space in one of these areas.
  • Engineering building or surrounding area. If you choose to reserve your own space, you must also make all arrangements, i.e., providing 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.

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.
  • Additional details about exhibit days, volunteers, and participation in the Treasure Hunt.

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?



Accidents and incidents may happen during this very large event. Be prepared and know what to do in case something does occur:

  • In case of an emergency, dial 911.
  • For minor incidents, EMTs are located in Loew Hall 301. If you are unable to bring the injured person to Loew Hall, call 3-1770 for the EMTs to come to you.
  • 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

A&A Carl Knowlen
BioE Herbert Sauro
CEE Heather Wilson
Brian Kinnear
ChemE Dave Drischell
CSE Jenifer Pesicka
EE Pam Eisenheim
Lindsay Appesland
HCDE Andy Davidson
ISE Kellus Stone
Shan Liu
ME William Kuykendall
Michelle Hickner
MSE Tuesday Kuykendall
Tatyana Galenko
Molecular Engineering & Sciences Paul Neubert
Engineering Library Mel DeSart
Clean Energy Institute Shaun Taylor
CoE Angela Ballasiotes