USF Engineering EXPO today, Saturday
The 36th annual University of South Florida Engineering EXPO is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the engineering complex at the school campus, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Elementary, middle and high school students are encouraged to participate as the goal of the event is to educate students on how technology, engineering, math and science affect everyday lives. The expo is open and free to the public. A highlight of the two-day event is the USF College of Engineering Electrathon on Saturday. It will feature about 20 students from the electric car clubs of Middleton, King, Brandon and Tampa Bay Technical high schools racing electric cars they built at the beginning of the school year. The vehicles are similar to go-carts, powered by an electric motor and batteries. The track opens at 8 a.m., the first race starts at 10 and the second race is at 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony in the USF College of Engineering parking lot. For information, call Ken Fiallos at (813) 272-4703 or visit www.electrathonoftampabay.org.
Teacher nominations sought for award
The National Civic League seeks nominations for the MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education, an award program that recognizes outstanding middle and high school teachers who build bridges between their schools and communities. The 25 winners will receive a $5,000 grant for their schools. For nomination forms and submission guidelines, visit the Web site at www.ncl.org. Deadline is Wednesday.
Parents, learn to help kids conquer anxiety
Clinical child psychologist Aureen Wagner will host a workshop for parents to help their kids conquer anxiety from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Plant High School, 2415 S Himes Ave. The workshop will focus on various forms of anxiety in children and adolescents such as social anxiety, text anxiety, school refusal, perfectionism and on practical guidance and cope strategies.
Alumni day set for B.T. Washington
B.T. Washington Elementary School, 1407 Estelle St., will host an alumni day at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20. The event will feature entertainment and refreshments. All interested alumni should call Kenya Jones or Olivia Brown Andrew at (813) 233-3720.
Event helps students apply for financial aid
College Goal Sunday, a free statewide event designed to help students apply for federal and state financial aid, is from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Hope Center, 4902 N 22nd St. The event will run again from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Brooks De Bartolo Collegiate High School, 11602 N 15th St.; Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd St.; Pierce Middle School, 5511 N Hesperides St.; and East Bay High School, 7710 Big Bend Road. Families should register online at www.collegegoal sundayfl.org.
Seniors, see where your career can go
Hillsborough Community College will host "The Amazing Race — Your Passport to the Future," from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Dale Mabry campus, 4001 Tampa Bay Blvd. The event is for public high school seniors who are enrolled in career and technical education programs and who would like to learn about industry certifications, careers, technical college programs and degrees, financial aid and scholarships. Call Kristine Hensley at (813) 231-1859 or Ginger Clark at (813) 253-7055.