BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dozens of Western New York high school students
are expected to compete against each other during an engineering
contest Saturday, May 19, at the University at Buffalo.
The event, which runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is dubbed
BEAM TREK 2012. It will focus on alternative energy and energy
efficiency, two areas of research the university specializes in.
For more information, visit www.buffalo.edu/sustainability.
At least a dozen teams of four to five students each will race
around UB's North Campus where they'll encounter scientific and
"They'll be doing hands-on tasks in addition to answering
questions posed by UB faculty members," said Jennifer Zirnheld, an
assistant professor of electrical engineering at UB, who helped
organize BEAM TREK 2012.
Event details are being withheld (until the day of) to not
BEAM stands for Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for
Minorities. The contest is designed to encourage minorities and
females to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and
In addition to mingling with UB faculty, students will have the
chance to earn scholarships. Also, the winning team will be crowned
"Buffalo's Best Engineering Team of the Future."
For more information about BEAM TREK, visit www.eng.buffalo.edu/beam/trek/2012
or call Marilyn Helenbrook, director of educational opportunity
programs in UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, at