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Spring, Summer Events and Camps Will Educate, Entertain

Monday, March 31, 2008
[Project Discovery campers test a structures project.]

Get ready to get your geek on.

The School of Engineering at the University of Kansas has several events lined up for junior high and high school students between April and July, 2008.

April offers Eureka Weekend on Saturday, April 5. This fun one-day exploration for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades will get teens fired up to investigate technology and science. The event is co-sponsored by KU’s Society of Women Engineers chapter and will cover a number of engineering and computer science disciplines with some hands-on activities. Cost to attend is $10. Contact Florence Boldridge, 785-864-3620.

Friday, May 2, is the date for Engineer Your Career, a half-day investigation of engineering and college just for teen girls. The program will feature discussions of different types of engineering, career opportunities and a Q-&-A panel featuring engineering students. The event costs $10 and includes lunch for attendees. Contact Florence Boldridge, 785-864-3620.

[KU Survivor campers give a presentation about what they learned at the camp.]

Camp time

The School of Engineering also offers two camps during the summer months: Project Discovery for high school girls, and KU Survivor: Engineering Outback for boys in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. Both camps let students explore a specific field of engineering or computer science under the direction of KU faculty and, working in teams with fellow campers, complete a project in KU labs. In both cases, the camps focus on the fun of engineering and the great KU atmosphere. The weeklong residential camps include fieldtrips, teambuilding exercises, classroom instruction, lab work and additional fun activities during supervised downtime.

Project Discovery costs $350 and covers housing, on-campus transportation, meals and laboratory materials. Two sessions are offered: Session I, Sunday, June 8, to Saturday, June 14; and Session II, Sunday, July 6, to Saturday, July 12. Students can choose to focus on aerospace engineering, chemical and petroleum engineering or electrical engineering and computer science in Session I. Students can focus on architectural engineering, biomechanical engineering, or civil and environmental engineering in Session II. Contact Florence Boldridge, 785-864-3620.

KU Survivor: Engineering Outback is $500 and includes housing, meals, on-campus transportation and lab materials. KU Survivor will be Sunday, July 20, to Saturday, July 26. Contact the School of Engineering, 785-864-3881.

The size of both camps is limited.

Learn more about all these events at our Events & Camps page


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