UW News

April 23, 2013

Robots, solar-powered cars at Engineering Discovery Days, April 26-27

UW News

Which is better for electrical storage: A potato, a lemon, an AA battery or a car battery?

If you’re curious, the answer to this question and more will be scattered around the University of Washington campus on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, during the 2013 Engineering Discovery Days.

Student gets a hug from a robot.

A student gets a hug from the next-generation personal robot at last year’s event.College of Engineering Dean's Office

Friday’s events geared toward school-aged children are at capacity, but families and members of the UW community can stop by on Saturday to see the hands-on exhibits, meet research teams and visit various engineering labs.

Saturday’s program also includes presentations for high school students about each engineering department, admissions and financial aid, and women in science and engineering.

The promenade along Rainier Vista and Drumheller Fountain will be filled with outdoor exhibits, and many of the engineering buildings will house the indoor displays. Look for old favorites such as the glowing pickle exhibit, homemade silly putty and flame movement demonstrations. You may also spot a water rocket, human-powered submarine and a life-sized robot.


Some new exhibits on this year’s program are wool dying, game demonstrations from the Center for Game Science and solar cell-powered toy car races. There will also be a scavenger hunt in which students visit various stations to find answers to baffling and quirky science questions.

Both days are free and open to everyone, but organizers ask that attendees register online. Close to 10,000 visitors are expected over the two days to this nearly century-old UW event.

Organizers recommend avoiding driving on campus during the event. Public transit and parking are available.

Photos from this year’s event will be posted on the Engineering Discovery Days Facebook page.