BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo on Saturday will
host BEAM TREK, a competition that tests the knowledge of local
high school students and offers them a chance to win
BEAM TREK will feature 12 teams, comprised of three to five
students, who will spend the day racing to several locations at
UB’s North Campus where science and engineering tasks await
them. Students are expected to learn about solar power, how
structures respond to earthquakes and other exciting fields of
Now in its sixth year, BEAM TREK is designed to promote science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, as well
as encourage participation from segments of the population such as
women and minorities who are traditionally underrepresented in
BEAM stands for Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for
Minorities. Last year, close to $20,000 in scholarships were handed
When: BEAM TREK runs from 8 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m.
Note to media: The water and fire demonstration will occur
around 4 p.m. at the Natural Science Complex (building No. 22 on
this map: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/maps/NorthCampus.pdf).
Because this is a competition, UB will not publicly issue more
details. News media seeking more information should call Cory
Nealon, university communications, at 716-645-4614, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students have signed a waiver allowing their photos to be
On-site contact: Don Davis, 716-359-5428.
Why: UB has a longstanding commitment to promoting STEM
education. Nationwide, the effort is receiving renewed attention
with President Barack Obama calling for funding increase in his
proposed 2014 budget.