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‘Engineering Innovation’ Summer Course July 1-26

June 25, 2013 | Updated July 25, 2013

Photo Opp: Friday, July 26, Spaghetti Bridge Contest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 123 of the Humanities-Social Sciences Building. Using only spaghetti and glue, students will put their design and building skills to the test to build a bridge that can carry the heaviest load, while meeting engineering specifications. Weights will be added to the bridge to test the strongest bridge. Past winning bridges have held more than 100 pounds. This event culminates the four-week Engineering Innovation program.

What: A group of 36 high school students from across the region, state and nation will learn how engineers invent things, why bridges fail and other engineering concepts during the four-week "Engineering Innovation" summer course at Cal State Fullerton, beginning July 1. The course is offered through CSUF's College of Engineering and Computer Science, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering.

When: Monday, July 1 to Friday, July 26
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Where: Computer Science Building, Room 402, and Engineering Building, Room 201
Cal State Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831

Residential Option: For the first time, a housing option is being offered with 18 students staying in CSUF's residence halls.

Who: The participants are from high schools in Orange County, and as far away as Colorado, Indiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The intensive summer course will give students the opportunity to engage in lab work, group projects, lectures and assignments to learn how to think and problem-solve like an engineer.

Instructors: CSUF's Garrett Struckhoff, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Haowei Wang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will lead the course sessions. Two local high school teachers will serve as teaching fellows and assist the CSUF faculty members.

Background: The program is part of the college's effort to introduce high school students to CSUF's engineering programs and the profession, and also to increase the number of those pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

More Information: Visit the College of Engineering and Computer Science website.

Media Contact:
Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027

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