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Aug. 3, 2005
Contact: Jill Hummels, School of Engineering, (785) 864-2934.

High school students attend KU's first Survivor Engineering Outback camp


LAWRENCE -- Sixteen high school students from Kansas and Missouri took part in the first KU Survivor: Engineering Outback, coordinated by the University of Kansas School of Engineering on July 22-23.

The 19-hour overnight boys-only camp introduced the students to several fields of engineering and let them participate in hands-on activities that related to each topic.

The students -- all sophomores, juniors and seniors -- learned about Global Positioning System technology and then used GPS handsets to take a geocaching tour of KU and visit key buildings and landmarks. Geocaching is an activity similar to treasure hunting, where participants use GPS handsets to locate hidden items.

The students also learned about mechanical engineering principles and then saw those principles in action as they scaled the rock-climbing wall in the KU student recreation center. These and other activities were designed to get the students thinking about possible career opportunities, as well as the way engineers influence the world around them.

Other topics and activities covered during the camp were:

  • The aerosphere; students were able to operate KU's wind tunnel
  • Engineering ethics; a review of what led to the disastrous 1981 collapse of a walkway in the Kansas City Hyatt hotel
  • Structural engineering; tours of the KU Memorial Stadium press box and Allen Fieldhouse
  • Information about admissions, scholarships and financial aid at KU

"We feel this was a very successful event," said Dawnelle Prince, School of Engineering recruitment coordinator, who organized the camp. "We plan to offer this again in the future."

Outback participants are listed below by their high schools, name, hometown and zip code.

High School First Name Last Name City, ST Zip
Blue Valley West Adam Stant Overland Park, KS 66221
Derby Neil Siemers Derby, KS 67037
Immaculata Joseph Sullivan Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Independence Cameron Johnson Independence, KS 67301
Iola Mark Cunningham Iola, KS 66749
Iola Alex Porter Iola, KS 66749
Iola Aric Toler Chanute, KS 66720
Liberty, Mo. Charley Hernandez Liberty, MO 64068
Olathe South Jerod McPherson Olathe, KS 66062
Rockhurst (Mo.) John Sutherlin Kansas City, MO 64131
Shawnee Heights Blake Wiseman Topeka, KS 66605
Shawnee Mission East Derek Low Westwood, KS 66205
Shawnee Mission North Glen Reeves Roeland Park, KS 66205
Topeka West Jon Hamilton Topeka, KS 66605
Topeka West Shane Johnston Topeka, KS 66614
Topeka West Justin Stryker Topeka, KS 66606

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