Be An Engineer at the 2014 Engineering EXPO

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
White plains high school
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Discover Engineering!

about career opportunities in the engineering field and about career opportunities in fields from bridge and building design to the world of nanotechnology and biochemical. Learn about college curriculum offerings, admission requirements and financial aid information.

MEET representatives of over 40 of the region’s leading learning institutions including Rutgers, Cornell, Columbia, Penn State, Villanova, RPI and SUNY.

DISCOVER aisles of interactive displays and exhibits focusing on engineering and higher learning opportunities to help you meet the challenges of today’s economic uncertainties.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take control of your educational future, visit this year’s Engineering EXPO.

Learn . . . Meet . . . Discover!  . . . You can be an engineer!

Business Be A Supporter of Engineering Expo

The overriding effort of this event, is to provide a forum where students can meet with engineering colleges and engineering businesses, to get a real understanding of what engineers do, and to also learn what universities might be of interest to them. We find that college outreach is most effective when we have representatives of both the Admissions office and one or more professors (or grad students) who can speak about the work that they're doing, in their specific engineering field. 

Engineering Expo is a very enjoyable and interactive event, where displays showing research projects or demonstrations can be viewed by visiting students. It give them an understanding of why they've been taking those math and science courses, for all these years.

We welcome businesses in engineering and technology to join with these leading
universities and support Engineering Expo. Become a Silver, Platinum or exhibitor sponsor of our event. Do it for our future, do it for our kids.

This year the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo will be a Regional Host of the 2014 Rube Goldberg Contest high-school-level contest.  This year’s theme is ‘Zip a Zipper’….Don't miss your opportunity to display your school's Rube Goldberg contraption at this year's Engineering Expo

To participate in the Rube Goldberg Machine ® Contest:

1. Form a team of at least 3 people. Choose a teacher or a parental advisor that will be present at the competition.

2. Register for the contest hosted by the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo at:
• Click on ‘Find a Contest’ and scroll down to find the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo location.
• Click on “Register” and complete the online registration form. (Registration deadline for the LHV Expo’s local contest is March 8, 2014.)
• Pay the $150 registration fee.  This fee is payable to RGI to participate in the Contest.  The Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo does not charge an additional fee.

3. Design and build a machine - 2014 Task – ZIP A ZIPPER.  Machine specifications, team eligibility and contest rules are listed on the Rube Goldberg website – teams need to download the 2014 Official Rule Book and read carefully as the Rule book contains information on acceptable materials, size, judging rubrics and other items of importance

4. Bring your contraption to the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo on Sunday, March 30, 2014, White Plains High School, White Plains, NY from 11:00am - 4:00pm (Set Up time 9:00am) to compete against other team.

5. Registration is limited to the first 15 registered teams.

6. The winner of the local contest qualifies to go on to a National Contest.  (All expenses for the National contest are the responsibility of the competing team.)

7. Have Fun!  Contact JoAnn Rerek at for additional questions or information.


The Challenge: Off the Power Grid
Location: Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo
Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM – Doors open at 9:00 AM. for team set up.  Judging will go on during the day.
Awards: Awards will be presented to the Middle School Contest winners at 2:30 PM.
Register: To register Email to

Registration is limited to the first 15 teams…Registration Deadline February 21, 2014

You are in a house in a remote location, Off The Power Grid.  Your challenge is to power five items in the kitchen of the house using energy sources of your choosing.   Your house is not connected to the Power Grid, so you will have to be creative on choosing your sources.  Follow the steps below:

Choose five appliances.  Some of your choices may be:  refrigerator, microwave, stove, blender, toaster, light fixtures, heaters, hot plate or any other powered item or appliance you might find in a kitchen. 

Explain the power requirements of your appliance/item choices.

Choose your power source or a combination of power sources – e.g., wind, solar, hydroelectric, etc.

Be prepared to talk about how and why you chose these power sources.  Are they efficient?  Is it an innovative solution? Why? Are they cost effective? Explain. Is it renewable? Some things to think about – energy storage, conservation.

Prepare a presentation – be creative – e.g., PowerPoint, Diorama, Poster.

A judging rubric is provided for your reference.

Teams will be judged on creativity, knowledge and presentation. 
Teams will display their entries during the Expo and have 5 minutes with judges at event to explain their entries.

Award trophies will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place teams.

Teams can be formed in schools, scout teams, neighborhood teams.  All teams must have an adult advisor for example, a teacher, parent, coach or scout leader.

Adults mentoring teams please contact JoAnn Rerek at for registration form.  Registration deadline – March 8, 2014.

Business Sponsors
Platinum Sponsor: $2000
Gold Sponsor: $1000
Silver Sponsor $500
Bronze Exhibitor: $250

Colleges, Universities, Public Agencies and Professional Societies