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Project Discovery Offers Break from Summer Doldrums

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Enrollment for the second session of Project Discovery at the University of Kansas is still under way.

Project Discovery, a popular weeklong summer program at the University of Kansas School of Engineering that gives teen girls an introduction to engineering, has openings available during the second session July 10 to July 16. This program can accommodate as many as 40 campers.

“We are truly excited about the growing response we’ve had for this program,” said Florence Boldridge, director of Diversity Programs for the School of Engineering. "We know the demand for high-quality programs such as this is soaring and we are pleased that we’ve been able to expand our program."

Project Discovery lets girls entering ninth through 12th grade, explore science and engineering principles in an enlightening, no-pressure setting.

Working with KU engineering faculty members, students put to use fundamental concepts in mathematics, chemistry and physics to solve open-ended engineering design problems. Project Discovery participants are allowed use of several labs at KU for eight hands-on lab sessions focusing on a type of engineering in which they’ve indicated an interest. The professors guide students, answer their questions and help them develop problem-solving skills. During the week students will call the KU residence halls home and will take part in team-building and recreation activities, tours and some structured fun time.

Enrollment openings are available for the camp section that focuses on civil and environmental engineering and the section that focuses on chemical and petroleum engineering. The cost for the camp is $300 and includes lodging, meals and lab materials. Some financial assistance is available for qualifying students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Project Discovery is enriching for a variety of reasons, Boldridge said.

"It gives girls a chance to learn about engineering in a comfortable environment that also gives them a taste of what college life can be like," she said.

The objective is that students leave the camp with a better understanding of the different engineering disciplines. The girls will learn whether the challenging and highly lucrative careers available in engineering are a good educational choice for them.

To register or get additional information, contact Florence Boldridge, (785) 864-3620 or send an e-mail to


To enroll, a completed registration packet must be returned by July 1.

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