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Registration Open for Tech Camps

Sunday, February 10, 2008

[A Project Discovery camper shows off her design for a new bridge.]

Registration is under way for three University of Kansas programs designed to interest teens in engineering and computer science.

The KU School of Engineering will host the SWE Weekend of Engineering, Feb. 1 through Feb. 3; Exponent, Feb. 29 through March 1; and Project Discovery, a weeklong summer camp. All three programs are geared to reach girls and minorities traditionally underrepresented in engineering professions.

“Exponent, which is our newest offering, is specifically for African-American, Hispanic and Native-American high school students at the junior and senior level,” said Florence Boldridge, director of diversity programs in the School of Engineering. “The participants will get a chance to meet current School of Engineering students and faculty, and learn about our degree programs as well as career opportunities in engineering and computer science. They’ll also work on some quick projects that show just how fun and rewarding these careers are.”

The cost to attend Exponent is $25 ($15 if registration is completed by Jan. 31) and covers meals, activities, lab materials and housing while at KU.

The SWE Weekend of Engineering is for high school girls at the junior and senior level and also stresses great career opportunities for women in engineering. Coordinated with members of the KU Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, the camp puts a special focus on the exclusive role women can play in technology development. Participants will work closely with female engineering students and faculty at KU and get a taste for KU’s campus atmosphere by taking in a women’s basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse, Boldridge said.

The cost to attend SWE Weekend of Engineering is $75 and covers meals, housing and all KU activities.

Registration also is open for Project Discovery, a weeklong summer residential camp for girls entering ninth through 12th grade.

“Project Discovery is a perennial favorite and has drawn students from all parts of the country. The girls can focus on learning about a particular engineering discipline in either our June or July session. The first session will be June 8 to 14 and students can choose between aerospace engineering, chemical and petroleum engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science. The second session runs July 6 to 12 and the students can dive into architectural engineering, biomechanical engineering, or civil and environmental engineering.”

The weeklong camp gives participants a chance to learn from engineering faculty as they work on more complex projects and develop teamwork skills, Boldridge said. In addition, the campers will take part in a field trip to regional engineering and computer science firms.

Cost to attend is $350 and covers housing, on-campus transportation, meals and lab materials. Some scholarship assistance is available for students with a 3.7 or higher GPA.

To register for any of these camps, contact

Florence Boldridge,

or (785) 864-3620.

Learn more about

these camps and other School of Engineering activities.

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