Photo Opportunity: Hands-on Experiments Part of Annual UTEP 'Extravaganza'
April 04, 2013 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
What: UTEP's Engineering and Science Extravaganza
When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6
Where: Locations around the UTEP campus
Almost 600 8th-grade students will launch rockets, be part of a chemistry circus and race 10-inch cars fueled by carbon dioxide as part of the Engineering and Science Extravaganza 2013.
The goals of the event are to promote a college education and interest in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year's theme is based on the 2010 animated film,
The students from 14 middle schools throughout the Socorro Independent School District will be greeted by a video-taking hovercraft and Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., dean of UTEP's College of Engineering, among others at the Undergraduate Learning Center before they split up to participate in more than 20 planned workshops led by scores of University student volunteers in the Classroom, Liberal Arts and the Physical Sciences buildings.
"The students love it. They get excited about the hands-on experiments," said Juliette Caire, director of UTEP's Gear Up, a U.S. Department of Education funded program that helps prepare students for post-secondary education. "This is a great opportunity to expose these students to science in action. We hope it sparks an interest in science as a future career."
This year's extravaganza, which has been in the works for five months, will be bigger and better with a greater variety of challenging workshops, said Humberto Garcia, a senior civil engineering major who is president of UTEP's Mexican-American Engineering Society and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers chapters.
The event is sponsored by the chapters, Gear Up, UTEP's College of Engineering, the U.S. Navy, Peter Piper Pizza, Time Warner Cable, Upper Rio Grande Workforce Solutions and El Paso Electric.