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Dallas ISD Students Attend Engineering Summer Camp at UTA

June 13, 2003

Fifty 9th and 10th grade students from 20 middle and high schools within the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) will participate in the final week of the Engineering Summer Camp program conducted by the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering. Four math and science teachers will also attend the camp.

The Engineering Summer Camps are a way for students to investigate and experience various engineering fields and learn about the courses they need to study to prepare for a college engineering program. The students spend a week on the UTA campus, sleeping in a dormitory and attending engineering and science presentations. They also take field trips to area businesses to see engineering principles in everyday use. The DISD students are scheduled to visit Six Flags Over Texas to see how the rides operate, UTA’s Automation & Robotics Research Institute to see robots in action and the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth for a behind-the-scenes tour.

The students will be required to participate in team projects, such as building bridges, rockets and digital circuits. They must also write technical reports and create PowerPoint presentations on their projects. The presentations are judged on Friday and awards are presented.

Participation fees for the camps are kept to an acceptable level, thanks to generous support from Sabre Holdings, Verizon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Motors, Vought Aircraft and other engineering-related businesses. The DISD students’ participation is being underwritten by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Please contact Eduardo S. Gaytan, university liaison for the DISD’s Urban Systemic Program, voice 972-925-3288, fax 972-925-3265 or e-mail egaytan@dallasisd.org, for additional information on DISD’s participation.

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