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

Teen girls gain hands-on engineering experience in KU's Project Discovery

LAWRENCE -- Forty-five high school students from six states took part in the University of Kansas School of Engineering Project Discovery in June and July.

Project Discovery is a weeklong residential camp at KU that lets high school girls explore the different fields of engineering in a hands-on, no-pressure setting. Two sessions are held every summer, and participants can choose one of six engineering disciplines on which to focus.

The camp is designed to encourage girls to pursue studies in engineering by showing them the breadth of career opportunities available to engineers.

The program covers broad topics important to engineering, such as ethics and teamwork, as well as provides coursework in their chosen field. During the camp, participants complete a project under the guidance of KU faculty members. In addition, the girls take tours and field trips and prepare an oral presentation about their projects that they deliver before their parents, professors and fellow campers at a banquet on the last day of camp.

Students could choose to learn about aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, biomechanical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, and computer engineering and computer science.

Students who took part in the camp are listed below by their schools, the session they attended, the discipline they studied and their hometowns.

Kansas schools: Abilene, Andover, Baldwin, Bishop Seabury Academy, Blue Valley, Burlington, Free State in Lawrence, Larned, Lawrence, Neodesha, Olathe, Pratt, Shawnee Mission district, St. Thomas Aquinas, Topeka and Wichita. From other states: Bartlesville, Okla.; Belleville East, Ill.; Brookfield East, Wis.; Crossroads, St. Louis, Mo.; Excelsior Springs, Lawson, Mo.; Hillcrest, Springfield, Mo.; Lincoln College Prep, Kansas City, Mo.; North Lawndale College Prep Charter, Chicago, Ill.; Riverview, Urbandale, Iowa; Rockwood Summit, Fenton, Mo.; Rosati-Kain, St. Louis, Mo.; St. Francis Borgia Regional, Marthasville, Mo.; and Stratford, Houston, Texas.

High School Hometown State First Name Last Name Fall 05 Class Status Area of Interest ZIP Code Session
Abilene High School Abilene KS Courtney Ford Senior Aerospace 67410 June 5-11
Andover High School Wichita KS Allyson Martin Senior Architectural 67230 July 10-16
Andover High School Wichita KS Andrea Valdivia Senior Chem/Pet. 67206 July 10-16
Baldwin High School Baldwin City KS Marianne Schroer Sophomore Chem/Pet. 66006 July 10-16
Bartlesville Mid High Bartlesville OK Melissa Carvell Freshman Aerospace 74006 June 5-11
Bartlesville Mid High Bartlesvill OK Carrie Tillett Freshman Biomechanical 74006 June 5-11
Belleville East High School (Illinois) Fairview Heights IL Samona Estwick Junior Aerospace 62208 June 5-11
Bishop Seabury Academy Eudora KS Lindsey Ahlen Senior Architectural 66025 July 10-16
Blue Valley High School Overland Park, KS Laura White Senior Architectural 66223 July 10-16
Brookfield East High School Brookfield WI Brianna Davis Junior Chem/Pet. 53045 July 10-16
Burlington High Burlingame KS Jaime Parsons Senior computer engineering/computer science 66413 June 5-11
Crossroads School St. Louis MO Beth Bonebrake Junior Aerospace 63109 June 5-11
Excelsior Springs High School Lawson MO Temple Richardson Senior Architectural 64062 July 10-16
Free State High School Lawrence KS Sonya Bhakta Senior Civil/Envir. 66049 July 10-16
Free State High School Lawrence KS Arielle Bremby Sophomore Architectural 66049 July 10-16
Free State High School Lawrence KS Rachel Bremby Senior Architectural 66049 July 10-16
Hillcrest High School Springfield MO Julie Putman Freshman Biomechanical 65803 June 5-11
Homeschooled Overland Park KS Stacey McLoud Junior computer engineering/computer science 66212 June 5-11
Larned High School Timken KS Taberie Hartshorn Junior computer engineering/computer science 67575 June 5-11
Lawrence Free State High School Lawrence KS Carol Fittell Junior Biomechanical 66049 June 5-11
Lawrence Free State High School Lawrence KS Darian Gonzales Sophomore computer engineering/computer science 66049 June 5-11
Lawrence High Lawrence KS Shannon Dunkle Sophomore Civil/Envir. 66047 July 10-16
Lawrence High Lawrence KS Samantha Pedraza Junior Biomechanical 66046 June 5-11
Lincoln College Prep Kansas City MO Alexandria Morgan Senior Civil/Envir. 64130 July 10-16
Mill Valley High School Shawnee KS Rachel Broadbear Senior Civil/Envir. 66226 July 10-16
Neodesha High School Neodesha KS Sara Gudde Junior Aerospace 66757 June 5-11
North Lawndale College Prep. Charter (Illinois) Chicago IL Krystle Mackey Sophomore computer engineering/computer science 60623 June 5-11
North Lawndale College Prep. Charter (Illinois) Chicago IL Shavon Nowell Sophomore computer engineering/computer science 60623 June 5-11
Olathe North Olathe KS Bridget LaFollette Senior Chem/Pet. 66061 July 10-16
Olathe North Olathe KS Irene Wang Junior Civil/Envir. 66062 July 10-16
Olathe Northwest Lenexa KS Kathryn Sanders Senior computer engineering/computer science 66220 June 5-11
Pratt High School Pratt KS Jessie Garrett Senior Aerospace 67124 June 5-11
Riverview High School (Iowa) Urbandale IA Brittany Rinke Sophomore Biomechanical 50322 June 5-11
Rockwood Summit High School Fenton MO Kimberly Jones Senior Architectural 63026 July 10-16
Rosati-Kain St. Louis MO Adrienne Boettcher Junior Architectural 63137 July 10-16
Shawnee Mission Northwest Shawnee KS Shannon Leary Junior Architectural 66216 July 10-16
Shawnee Mission South Overland Park KS Kristen Cunningham 2005 graduate Biomechanical 66212 June 5-11
Shawnee Mission South Overland Park KS Lauren Cunningham 2005 graduate Biomechanical 66212 June 5-11
St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Marthasville MO Samantha Patke Senior Architectural 63357 July 10-16
St. Thomas Aquinas Overland Park KS Katie Walsh Senior Civil/Envir. 66208 July 10-16
Stratford High Houston TX Erica Fladung Senior Architectural 77079 July 10-16
Topeka High School Topeka KS Lauren Redmon Senior Civil/Envir. 66611 July 10-16
Troy High School Troy KS Kaitlyn Jordan Sophomore computer engineering/computer science 66087 June 5-11
Washburn Rural Topeka KS Aubrie Angel Junior Aerospace 66610 June 5-11
Wichita High School North Wichita KS Melody Redburn Senior Chem/Pet. 67203 July 10-16

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