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Local Students Participate at USU Engineering Program

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Brett White

Tiffany Larsen

Cole Bunderson

Kesler Tanner

Justin Oakeson

Kaden Robertson, Parker Hatt and Kaleb Fail.

Students excelling in math and science at Emery and Green River High Schools were among the 200 attending Utah State University's 16th Annual Engineering State program in Logan June 12-15.

The intensive four day program introduces high school juniors to the engineering profession and is sponsored by USU engineering alumni, school district foundations, engineering firms and businesses. Students participate in seven of the 12 challenge sessions taught during the week.

In the hands-on, competitive exercises called challenge sessions, students construct a 30 foot steel suspension bridge, design and launch rockets, make electro-magnetic cannons, eliminate vortices in pumping pits, draft and manipulate water delivery systems using a computer aided design program, fly in an aircraft simulator, and evaluate engineering projects throughout Utah. Engineering professors at USU donate their time to introduce students to their profession and challenge them in exercises which use math and science to solve physical problems.

The engineering state program at USU has been instrumental in attracting top students to engineering departments at universities across the state. Students receive little exposure to engineering in the high school setting. Delegates to engineering state are exposed to engineering, the university environment, and the financial resources available for students who seek higher education. It's an outstanding orientation program for engineering. Delegates from Emery High School included Cole Bunderson, Tiffany Larsen, Justin Oakeson, Kesler Tanner and Brett White. Green River High School delegates were Kaleb Fail, Parker Hatt and Kaden Robertson.

Tiffany Larsen was selected second place in outstanding female participants, and Kesler Tanner was selected third place in outstanding male participants.

These students learned about careers in engineering, technology and had the opportunity to make friends and work with nationally acclaimed faculty. Engineering state has become the best way for interested students and their parents to become familiar with the Utah State campus and its College of Engineering facilities.

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