BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Where can future engineers go to build robots,
learn about engineering disasters and test toy buildings on a
life-sized earthquake shake table? Beginning this July, they can go
to the University at Buffalo, thanks to a generous gift from
National Grid has given $200,000 over four years to the UB
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to run an annual
weeklong residential summer camp for 60 high school students
entering their sophomore and junior years.
This year, spots for the camp -- to be held July 30-Aug. 2 on
the North Campus -- are being filled via a nomination process in
selected high schools, including Amherst, Buffalo, Clarence, Sweet
Home and Williamsville. School administrators nominated students
with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (95 and up) and
mathematical ability who are interested in engineering careers.
Beginning in 2013, eligible students will be able to apply on their
own to participate in the camp. For information about applying,
contact Marilyn Helenbrook at 645-3066 ext. 1114, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp participants experience UB campus life, interacting with
professors and college students while learning engineering
concepts. Students live on campus and are supervised by faculty and
dorm counselors. The camp will include demonstrations and hands-on
activities in engineering disciplines, including design, team
building and leadership skills. Students also will participate in
lab and computer exercises, field trips and recreational
"The National Grid/UB Engineering Leadership Camp is a perfect
fit for our company's long-standing commitment to supporting
science, technology, engineering and math education among our
youth," said Dennis Elsenbeck, ME '96, regional executive for
National Grid in Buffalo. "The energy industry is growing and
changing rapidly, and we believe there will be tremendous
opportunities for the next generation of engineers and researchers.
Our goal is to pique students' interest and support their
development early, and we're again pleased to partner with the
University at Buffalo to make this a reality."
"We are grateful to National Grid for its generous gift to help
spur high school students' interest in engineering," said Rajan
Batta, interim dean of the school. "We look forward to a long
partnership with them to help students learn about all the avenues
that engineering offers them."
And building robots? That begins on Day 2 of camp, using Lego
Mindstorms Robotics Kits.