The FIU Engineering Expo is the college’s premier community outreach event organized annually and welcoming more than 1,400 K-12 students from Miami Dade and Broward County Schools (elementary, middle and high schools) to the FIU Engineering Center to engage FIU students, researchers and staff, and to discover the endless possibilities of STEM.
All of the college’s research and learning labs are opened for tours, there are contests, presentations and hands-on projects making the Expo an unforgettable experience. The event provides exposure to science and engineering for local public school students to encourage them to consider a career in the engineering and science professions, where minorities are under-represented. The Expo enhances the professional and inter-personal development skills of participants. It also provides an opportunity for students and faculty of the college to work together as a cohesive team to benefit the community.
On the day of the event, over 1400 students from Miami-Dade and Broward County Schools (elementary, middle and high schools) come to the FIU Engineering Center for an interactive, multifaceted program lasting five hours. The event starts with opening ceremonies that include a color honor guard, stirring call to action by the dean of the FIU College of Engineering and Computing and an inspiring speech by a special guest speaker.
After the opening ceremony, groups of 20 students are led by undergraduate engineering student volunteers to visit the various research and teaching labs and participate in “hands on” events and contests. Lunch is provided for all.
The next Engineering Expo will be held on February 23, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the FIU Engineering Center on Flagler Street and 107th Avenue. Any school interested in attending the Expo should contact Stephanie Strange and request an invitation, then make a reservation. Schools are responsible for their own transportation but the event is free.