WSU Attends YES! Expo to Encourage Youth Engineering & Science

Wayne State University’s EcoCAR 2 team participated in the YES! Expo in Detroit, an event that welcomed 19,632 middle school and high school students from across southeastern Michigan for hands-on activities revolving around engineering and science.

Over 60 corporations, organizations, colleges and universities came to Ford Field to demonstrate how science and engineering pertain to their organization and the everyday world. Each exhibitor was encouraged to have interactive activities to inspire students to participate, ask questions and learn.

The expo was hosted by Oakland University and Western Michigan University and was sponsored by companies like DTE Energy, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Quicken Loans and Marathon Petroleum Company LLC., to name a few.

Team members from Wayne State EcoCAR 2 had the opportunity to educate students about the completion and the Hybrid Warriors through an interactive crossword puzzle.  When the puzzle was finished, participants received a piece of candy. The crossword puzzle asked students to answer questions about air pollution, the vehicle architecture and natural resources.

“It is great to see students excited about the expo, but it is better to see students ask questions about green energy,” said Communication Manager Jessie LeTarte. “Some students surprised themselves when they did the puzzles. They knew more than they thought, which is a good sign!”

The YES! Expo allowed individuals to gather under one roof, get hands-on and learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information about the Yes! Expo, visit