Magazine article ASEE Prism

A Taste of College for the High School Set

Magazine article ASEE Prism

A Taste of College for the High School Set

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FROM ITS bucolic corner of the country, Vermont has been pitching in to keep the nation's engineering-student pipeline full. This past June, 88 high school students from around the country came again to Burlington for the Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science Institute. Over nine days, they stayed in the University of Vermont dorms and, through a busy schedule of lectures and workshops, explored multiple engineering disciplines as well as statistics, mathematics, and computer science.

They also got a taste of college life by attending lectures by engineering and mathematics professors. But they didn't spend all their time parked in lecture halls. "I don't like the lecture format," says Dawn Densmore, executive director of the Institute. "I like the students to be engaged in what's being taught." Augmenting the lectures were field trips to, among other places, IBM and Ben and Jerry's facilities and to water treatment plants. …

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