E-Expo participants competed in Rube Goldberg and balsa wood bridge building competitions.
E-Expo participants competed in Rube Goldberg and balsa wood bridge building competitions.

You don’t have to be super smart to like engineering. That was the message UofL Speed School of Engineering students relayed to hundreds of local kids last week at the annual Engineering Expo.

The expo is organized and run by Speed students.

The younger students competed in Rube Goldberg and balsa wood bridge building competitions while also participating in several hands-on demonstrations of engineering principles.

“(The event is) to plant that seed of excitement about engineering” said Tyler Poteet, UofL engineering student. Poteet and other UofL students led the demonstrations, explaining to the younger students how things work.

Terri Hathaway’s father was an engineer. She brought her two sons who were learning about static electricity and building rockets. “I think it’s a great thing that UofL puts on for kids from elementary up through high school to expose them to engineering” Hathaway said.

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Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.