April 27, 2007

Programs offer introduction to engineering

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Two programs sponsored by the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale this summer will introduce high school students, teachers and women to the field and possibilities of an engineering career.

The Introduction to Engineering Program — formerly known as the Summer Outreach Program — gives high school students, teachers and counselors more information about the engineering field. The program's two sessions run for June 5-7 and June 10-12.

The second program, Women in Engineering, helps encourage young women who are interested in science and mathematics to explore the opportunities available in those fields. Its two sessions are set for June 18-20 and June 25-27.

Registration deadline for both programs is Friday, May 4. All may apply online. To apply for Women in Engineering, go to http://www.engr.siu.edu/wie/apply.html. To apply for Introduction to Engineering, go to http://www.engr.siu.edu/highschool/apply.html.

Program organizers will notify applicants of acceptance by May 18. The University must receive participants' $100 attendance fee by June 1.

Enrollment for Introduction to Engineering is limited to 50 10th- and 11th-graders per session. Enrollment for Women in Engineering also is limited to 50 per session. Organizers will fill spots on a first-come basis.

Both the "Introduction" and "Women" programs follow the same agenda. Both offer a thorough and enlightening review of careers in engineering through SIUC faculty instruction in University laboratories. Participants will stay in University residence halls and use campus facilities, such as the Student Recreation Center and the Student Center.

Here is the agenda for the programs.

First day

• 2-5 p.m. — Early registration

• 5 p.m. — Dinner, early check-in at residence hall

Second day

• 8-9 a.m. — Registration

• 9-9:30 a.m. — Welcome and overview of the day

• 9:30-10:30 a.m. — Student projects and labs

• 10:30-noon — Electrical and computer engineering project

• Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch

• 1-2 p.m. — Mechanical engineering project

• 2-4 p.m. — Rocket launch

• 4:15-4:45 — Check-in at residence halls

• 5-6:30 p.m. — Student Recreation Center

• 6:30-9 p.m. — Dinner and bowling

Third day

• 7-8:15 a.m. — Breakfast and residence hall check-out

• 8:30-8:45 a.m. — Group picture

• 9-10:30 a.m. — Environmental engineering project

• 10:30 a.m.-noon — Bridge construction and simulation

• Noon-1: 30 p.m. — Roundtable lunch with speaker

• 1:30-3:30 p.m. — Hovercraft construction and race

• 3:30-4 p.m. — Closing reception