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June 17, 2005
Contact: Jill Hummels, School of Engineering, (785) 864-2934.

KU's Project Discovery introduces teen girls to engineering careers


LAWRENCE -- Enrollment for the second session of Project Discovery at the University of Kansas is still under way.

Project Discovery, a popular weeklong summer program at the KU School of Engineering that gives teen girls an introduction to engineering, has openings available during the second session July 10 to 16. The program can accommodate as many as 40 campers.

" We are truly excited about the growing response we've had for this program," said Florence Boldridge, director of diversity programs for the School of Engineering. "We know the demand for high-quality programs such as this is soaring, and we are pleased that we've been able to expand our program."

Project Discovery lets girls entering ninth through 12th grades explore science and engineering principles in an enlightening, no-pressure setting.

Working with KU engineering faculty members, students put to use fundamental concepts in mathematics, chemistry and physics to solve open-ended engineering design problems. Project Discovery participants are allowed use of several labs at KU for eight hands-on lab sessions focusing on a type of engineering in which they've indicated an interest. The professors guide students, answer their questions and help them develop problem-solving skills. During the week students will live in KU residence halls and will take part in team-building and recreation activities, tours and structured fun time.

Enrollment openings are available for the camp section that focuses on civil and environmental engineering and the section that focuses on chemical and petroleum engineering. The cost for the camp is $300 and includes lodging, meals and lab materials. Financial assistance is available for qualifying students on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register or get additional information, contact Florence Boldridge, (785) 864-3620 or fboldridge@ku.edu. To enroll, a completed registration packet must be returned by July 1.

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