MAY 2 2002
Brandon Valley Challenger
Students invited to Youth Engineering Adventure
High school students heading into their junior years can learn about engineering and engineering careers during Youth Engineering Adventure programs at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City and South Dakota State University in Brookings.
The events are scheduled from June 9 to June 14, at South Dakota Tech, and from June 16 to June 20, at SDSU. The universities hope to inspire young people to pursue technical careers that give them the opportunity to use engineering and technology to generate greater economic vitality and create a better quality of life.
Forty students attended Tech's first Youth Engineering Adventure last year. This year the program is expanding to include similar activities at SDSU.
"Last year was such a huge success, we want to continue to showcase engineering and to give high school students the chance to be involved," program coordinator Dr. Larry Simonson said. He also is chair of Tech's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "We want to introduce high school students to some of the important and interesting projects that engineers work on and show them what engineering is all about."
Having incoming high school juniors attend the event gives them two years to take the courses that will help prepare them to study engineering in college.
Tech and SDSU invites students to submit applications for the weeklong engineering experience. Students will stay in campus dormitories and eat meals in the school cafeterias. The programs will feature many activities, such as personalizing a circuit board display.
Students also will tour local engineering firms, learn about teamwork and leadership, explore engineering career opportunities and have a great time. Students entering their senior year in high school also may apply and will be considered if slots remain.
Applications have been sent to all South Dakota high schools. Applications and more information are available from Simonson at 394-2451 or Larry.Simonson@sdsmt.edu, or from Dr. Mylo Hellickson in SDSU's Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering at 688-5610.
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