BUFFALO, N.Y. – Teenagers longing for the summer often
daydream about sports, video games, movies and sleeping in
Not Shawnn Foster.
The Cheektowaga High School student has been thinking, more than
anything else, about her favorite summer activity: engineering
“I can’t wait for it to start. It’s definitely
a highlight of the summer,” Foster said.
Another 59 students from public and private high schools in Erie
and Niagara counties will join her this week at the National
Grid-sponsored camp. Hosted by the University at Buffalo School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences, the camp gives students a chance
- build mock wind turbines and design robots
- tour dynamic research laboratories and workspaces
- meet some of the region’s most brilliant thinkers.
Imagine the Buffalo Bills inviting the All-Western New York
football team to Ralph Wilson Stadium for a week to learn what
it’s like to be a professional football player. That gives
you an idea of what’s in store for these students.
Here are the details:
When and Where: Monday through Thursday. Mostly at
UB’s North Campus, though there will be field trips to the
Buffalo Museum of Science and elsewhere. For a schedule, visit
Why: The camp is part of UB and National Grid’s
commitment to boosting science, technology, engineering and math
(STEM) education among teens. A recent Brookings Institution report
indicates there is room for growth in Buffalo Niagara’s STEM
economy. Additionally, STEM education is a priority of President
Barack Obama and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Note to media: UB has secured parental permission to take
video and/or pictures of the students. Photo-friendly activities at
Davis Hall (building No. 37 on this map: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/maps/NorthCampus.pdf)
include building mock turbines and robots at 4 p.m. Wednesday and
testing those devices Thursday at 10 a.m.
On-site media contact: Marilyn Helenbrook, director of
educational opportunity programs at UB’s engineering school,
at 645-3066 or 472-0523 (mobile).
The engineering camp is made possible by National Grid, which
has given UB more than $200,000 over five years toward the
program’s development. For more information, visit: www.nationalgridus.com/commitment.