Mines program helps expose high school students to engineering
GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 19, 2009 – Colorado School of Mines Minority Engineering Program (MEP) has helped design a free, six-week Engineering Exploration program aimed at helping high school freshmen develop an interest in engineering.
The Double-E (Engineering Exploration) program, which recently launched at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, aims not only to expose high school students to engineering but to help them further that interest in college.
Double-E is the result of a partnership between Mines MEP, Lockheed-Martin, Denver Boy Scouts, Denver Public Schools, Catholic Charities, College in Colorado, and Colorado MESA.
Mines MEP Director Khanh Vu said two Mines students will be chosen to mentor high school and elementary students.
“Part of MEP’s mission is to be involved in a community program that serves low income and high minority populations,” Vu said. “We hope to see students enroll at Mines as a result of Double-E.”
Students in the Double-E extracurricular program will experience engineering in a variety of ways. Interested students will spend six weeks reading Jim Lovell’s book, Apollo 13, taking field trips, receiving information on how best to prepare themselves for college, and teaching engineering principles to elementary school students.
A sample week of the program could include a discussion on batteries (using the events of Apollo 13 as a real-life example), touring the electronics lab at Mines, and learning and teaching elementary-aged students how to make a battery out of a potato.
The program, which is housed with the Denver Area Boy Scouts, will offer three sessions throughout the academic year, each with a different engineering focus — electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering.
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