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* Women in Engineering

May 9, 2007

Middle school students to explore engineering careers at Purdue camp

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Students who have finished grades six through eight have until June 4 to complete online applications for an engineering-based summer camp at Purdue University.

Love Engineering At Purdue, or LEAP, is a summer camp offered by the Purdue Women in Engineering Program designed to encourage middle school girls to explore career paths in engineering.

Attendees will participate in various hands-on activities individually, in pairs and in small groups. Past activities have included designing a playground, building a flashlight that doesn't need batteries, designing and constructing a robot, and building a camera. The campers also will have the opportunity to tour laboratories on campus and a local industrial manufacturing facility.

Students attend camp July 25-27 and may choose a day-only or residential option. The day-only option is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The residential option will permit the campers to stay at Cary Quad residential halls.

A banquet for the campers and their parents will be included in the camp fee. An application is required and can be found online at Also required are a recommendation letter from a math or science teacher and a short essay from the student. A limited number of scholarships are available for families for which the fees represent a hardship.

Further information is available from Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer at (765) 494-3889,

Writer: Emil Venere, (765) 494-4709,

Source: Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer: (765) 494-3889,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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